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.
we are a collective of six including core and associate artists, a producer and a special ops. we are principal company in residence at cia studios in perth and manage the building as an incubator space for experimental arts in australia.
our work is situated in public space and operates from the participatory perspective of the audience, encouraging them to have a strong sense of agency.
as a tactical media arts group our main tactic is to use play and task based interventions to explore the social dynamics of cities.
the company have produced an eclectic body of work, subverting bus tours, dvd rentals, radio broadcasts, sticker campaigns, privacy tours, tug-of-war competitions, community policing initiatives and work with locative mobile media.
we create intimate encounters in crowded streets, activate sites and remind our audiences that they have a right to question the status quo in the darkly complex world of the 1%. we devise with local artists in our home city and create connections nationally and globally. for the artists and organizational team there is a similar trajectory: we begin small and local then grow with each incarnation of an artwork to connect locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
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.
blackmarket at perth international arts festival
we are thrilled that our artwork blackmarket has been programmed in wendy martin's inaugural perth international arts festival co-presented by city of subiaco and perth institute of contemporary arts. part audio-driven intervention, part real-life video game, blackmarket invites you into a dark underworld of unlicensed street selling and entrepreneurial trading.in the world of the game, the global financial crisis has arrived and you must fight for survival as a ‘hustler’ within a blackmarket economy. you will be exposed to an underground economic structure - goods and services are available but cash has no value. you must trade your possessions in return for survival skills and services. from psychological coping mechanisms to urban survival skills and weaponising garbage, blackmarket is highly immersive, instruction based and perversely fun. “blackmarket was one of the most rad, incredible, educational, exhilarating adventures of my lifetime... an original and unique concept executed masterfully. 5 sense star commendation for this creative endeavour!” - nancy doll, tweet after blackmarket: sydney may 2015 each performance has a strictly limited capacity. tickets for the piaf shows are available here. piaf season: tue 16 feb – sat 27 feb 2016 “pvi collective: truly at the forefront of socially and technologically engaged performance in australia” - performance space, blackmarket reader. may 2015
pvi kelli co-curates proximity festival again for 2015
proximity festival is the first one-on-one intimate performance platform of its kind in australia. co-founded in 2011 by james berlyn, sarah rowbottam and kelli mccluskey, proximity festival provides critical peer support, encouraging artists from all disciplines to experiment with new modes of practice in the creation of participatory art. this year the festival was in the art gallery of western australia, with artists from all over australia and internationally. if you missed out on seeing the programs, you can read all about it on bec dean's blog, bec is proximity's writer in residency.
pvi: keynote speakers at national experimental arts forum
pvi were keynote speakers at the National Experimental Arts Forum 2015. keeping with the theme of experimentation, we presented 'keynote karaoke', consisting of 14 statements, that, over the past 18 years have had impact on our practice and belief systems. these statements were quotes, headlines, results of conversations, arguments, research material and found texts. in one way or another they agitated us, challenged us, and provoked us to make work.