About Adhocracy 2020

Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s annual artist hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and multidisciplinary arts projects from around Australia.

2020 is anything but a usual year and this year we have selected 28 incredible projects for support, three times more than a usual.

These projects explore a wide range of contemporary themes spanning race and racism, health and the wellness industrial complex, humans and the non-human, and some really important personal-political explorations. The practices include theatre, performance art, choreography, sound art and composition, live art, podcasts, video, installation, manifestos, poetry, and social practice.

Instead of joining us for four days in Port Adelaide, the artists are undertaking a micro-residency wherever they are located and in whatever fashion works for them.

Each project will create one artistic outcome for online publication – with artists set a challenge to make this response in the equivalent of four days. This digital work is not the entirety of the project (in any measure! Many of these projects will go onto further development and presentation in the future); nor is it a work-in-progress. Artists have been encouraged to think in the realms of artistic catalogue meets festival of ideas meets archive of a wild year.

Vitalstatistix will publish seven of these beautiful bite-sized offerings each Friday morning during the month of September. Side-by-side, we are holding four Adhocracy Live+Local events, each Friday evening.

These gatherings will conjure the spirit of our lab of previous years – they will include talks, panels, provocations, showings and performances from all our participating artists. So, if you’re in South Australia put aside Friday nights in September for a trip to Port Adelaide – and if you’re not here, we will be livestreaming selected parts of each event. Join us!


Image: Raft of the Medusa, Pony Express, 2018, Yerta Bulti / Port River. Image: Ian Sinclair.


28 new works-in-development through micro-residencies across Australia
7 artworks published weekly every Friday morning in September
4 Live+Local events each Friday night in September

Creative Team: This year’s Adhocracy is curated by Emma Webb (Director, Vitalstatistix), Paul Gazzola (artist/curator and OSCA Artistic Director) and Eleanor Scicchitano (Adhocracy Early Career Curator, 2020).

Adhocracy Program 2020

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Vitalstatistix is generously supported by the South Australia Government, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and our many program partners. Adhocracy is generously supported by the Federal Government and the Australia Council for the Arts. Our communications/design partner is Freerange Future.

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Vitalstatistix acknowledges that we, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. We acknowledge Kaurna people as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this land. We respect their cultural authority. We pay our respect to Kaurna Elders, past, present and emerging, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.