pvi collective create agitational, participatory artworks that are intent on the creative disruption of everyday life. every artwork aims to affect audiences on a personal and political level and is geared towards instigating tiny revolutions. the company aims to make activists of our audiences by creating playfully subversive performances that invite genuine engagement, transforming our perceptions of space, cities and environment.
underpinning our work is our ultimate goal of saving the world through creative play and revolutionary fun.
the above slideshow is from the season of deviator in glasgow at the surge street art festival. deviator is an immersive, real-world, outdoor game which invites players to temporarily transform their city into a playground.
resist: the right to change | disrupted update
we were really excited to have been part of disrupted - festival of ideas at the state library of wa. we rounded off the festival program with resist: the right to change, our non-violent conflict resolution artwork, based on the ancient practice of using tug-of-war to solve differences. we spent the festival asking attendees about any issues or problems in perth, society and the world that the festival had brought up or shed light on, and asked the people for their solutions. the range of responses was huge! for our performance, we selected ten dilemmas that seemed most pressing, and allowed the people to go to battle for their ideas. following the tug-of-wars, pvi hand deliver the results to someone in a position of power. for this round, pvi selected the honourable colin barnett mla, premier of western australia. we successfully delivered the results to his office and are eagerly awaiting a response. here is what the people of disrupted came up with, and their wins and losses: [gallery ids="2155,2158,2157,2156"]
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above photos: Disrupted - Festival of Ideas 2016. Photos by Jess Wyld.
the results:the people vs. extinction issue: we are in the middle of the planet’s 6th mass extinction. solution: we should each adopt an animal or plant as our personal totem and protect and care for it, learn about it and champion it. this will give us empathy for nature, and a sense of purpose towards the environment. the people won outcome: we will all now take on a local animal or plant as our personal totem and be a protector and champion for them. ___ the people vs. one language issue: 63,000 years of continuous aboriginal culture and language in australia is largely ignored or disrespected by mainstream australia. solution: learning the local language and customs of each area will be integrated, through schooling, translated street signage and print material. the people lost outcome: we will continue to ignore local aboriginal culture and language in our public spaces. ___ the people vs workday exhaustion issue: we work for 8 hours a day, we commute for 2 hours, we cook and clean, we be a good parent, we go to sleep. we are exhausted. there is not enough time left to contribute to social, political and personal change. solution: reduce the standard workday to 6 hours, allowing people more time to engage within their communities. the people lost outcome: the standard working day will remain at 8 hours and we will continue to be exhausted and ground down by the day to day. ___ the people vs. anger issue: anger is seen as a negative emotion that we keep trying to squash, rather than constructively express. solution: build anger release centres where people can do things like smash plates, bounce around padded rooms and scream into sound-proof boxes. the people won outcome: the anger release centres will be built around perth ___ the people vs. bad parenting issue: bad parenting decisions are causing widespread social and mental harm. solution: all parents should have to attend classes to educate them on responsibly raising children. the people lost outcome: parents can continue to raise their children as well or badly as they see fit ___ the people vs. privatisation issue: prisons and hospitals are run like profit-driven businesses, where wellbeing and rehabilitation is not the top priority. readmission levels are too high. solution: hospitals, prisons and other public services must be managed by the government with rehabilitation as a focus. the people lost outcome: hospitals and prisons will continue to be run as if they are a for-profit business. ___ the people vs. technology. issue: there is too much blind faith in technology and not enough knowledge about its consequences on society, the environment and our health. solution: compulsory warning labels on technology about the true cost of the device, with messages about where the parts have come from, who has made them and the impact of for-profit companies having unlimited access to your personal data. the people won outcome: all technology sold will have to have warning labels attached ___ the people vs sadness issue: people are sad because jobs are focused on making money for businesses solution: jobs need to be focused on how much happiness you create in the world the people won outcome: our kpis will now be about how much joy we bring to customers ___ people vs fast media issue: current media lacks integrity due to its shift in values towards immediacy, shock value and infotainment. we do not get variety, depth, substance and reflection from our media. solution: create a resurgence of slow media like newspapers, and flooding of long form journalism on tv and online the people lost outcome: clickbait will continue to reign ___ people vs wages issue: there are significant social inequalities as a result of vast wage gaps. there is no minimum income in place to ensure that citizens are not left behind. solution: implement a salary cap on how much can be earned and give a minimum living income wage to everyone regardless of work the people lost outcome: the rich will continue to get rich and the poor will remain poor.
you built this city – workshop with radical architect liam young
What’s the future of Australian cities? Are we built to last or destined to be consumed by our digital selves? Join speculative architect* Liam Young in a one day think tank exploring methodologies for creating artworks that operate between performance, design, fiction and future.
blog post from transformer performer
we've just returned from bloemfontein, south africa, where we made transformer, with vrystaat kunstefees and students from the university of the free state. one of the performers wrote this article about her experience of performing in and playing transformer. thanks to marica for allowing us to publish her work and sharing her thoughts.