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pvi collective


Company / Producer Name:   pvi collective

Production Title:                       waster

Contact Person:                       Kate Neylon

Contact Email:                         kate@pvicollective.com

Company Website:                  www.pvicollective.com

Show Status:                           Ready to Tour

Genre:                                      Public Art, Participatory, Interdisciplinary, Social Engaged, Fun 


"waster" is part treasure hunt, part survival guide, intervening in the city as a series of rubbish bins wired for sound and kitted out with diy post crises tools.


waster positions the audience as a doomsday prepper on a mission to acquire the skills necessary to survive the century of crisis. Their task is to hunt down a series of rubbish bins, which have been converted into survival stations. waster playfully interrogates a future post-capitalism, transforming the ubiquitous rubbish bin into a series of stealthy bin-stallations to discover and interact with on the streets. Occupying abandoned shops, alleyways, car parks and street corners, each bin-stallation presents players with a potential doomsday scenario and offers a survival service to help weather the social, environmental and economic storm that is heading our way. from camouflage techniques to weaponising garbage and divining new water sources, each bin describes a new (and possible) crisis, and gives audiences a different challenge to complete, arming them with the skills necessary for survival. audiences complete one service and will gain code access to the next. each step brings them closer to preparing for a new period of the human journey, testing resourcefulness, rat bastard cunning and future worth. Audience members are directed to collect a bespoke map from a designated start point. In its premiere season for the City of Perth, this collection point was the tourist booth in Forrest Place which offered a nice alternative tour to the other maps they were distributing. We will engage 2 x local performers in each town to deliver the work. waster is a site specific artwork that requires a recce trip to develop and arrange the detail specific for each city such as location scouting, developing the best route and creating a location-specific map. waster is both tongue in cheek and drop dead serious. 


pvi collective create tactical media artworks intent on the creative disruption of everyday life. waster takes place on the city streets and involves members of the public navigating their way across the city or town between the bins. It can be a solo journey or conducted in a group. Each “binstallation” involves an experience or activity designed to deepen an understanding of a particular crises. 


Review quotes:

“pvi collective: truly at the forefront of socially and technologically engaged performance in australia” – performance space “pvi are the godfathers of live art in Australia” - live art list australia [lala] “pvi collective are outstanding and accomplished artists who continually integrate innovation and risk taking into their creative development. They create works that engage an audience in provocative and engaging ways and are leaders in the field of interactive and site specific performance.” – Blast Theory [uk]