Capital and Darkness

Lauren Abineri and Virginia Barratt (SA)

Capital and Darkness is an improvised sonic writing process, a song cycle and a deep listening, responding to labour, exiting the labour body, machines of production, automation and essentialism.

Virginia Barratt is an Australian researcher, artist, writer and performer, whose work has been instrumental in developing critiques around gender and technology over the last three decades. Lauren Abineri is an early-career multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes music and sound-based interventions, solo and collaborative.

This project emerged from an unplanned co-performance encounter online between the artists during the first weeks of the initial COVID-19 shutdown. A foundational feature of this project is making with and staying with the trouble whereby crisis creates the conditions for the emergence of difference, novelty and diversity.

Creative Team: Sonic fermenter and astral automater – Lauren Abineri aka jemisahologram; Twitch channeler, performer and automatic writer – Virginia Barratt aka mouthhouse

Image: Lauren Abineri and Virginia Barratt


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.