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.
we 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%.
pvi collective is artist led by kelli mccluskey and steve bull. as founding members and core artists they are responsible for the artistic vision of the group and creation of all new artworks. pvi has a permanent part time producer kate neylon and employs a range of associate artists and specialists who are brought in on a project basis.
our work is mostly situated in public spaces and operates from the participatory perspective of the audience, encouraging them to have a strong sense of agency in a work. we often describe ourselves as a tactical media arts group, with our main tactic, to use play and appropriate games and game theory to explore the social dynamics of the cities we live in.
we consistently receive federal project funding from the australia council [inter arts office], annual program funding from the department of culture and the arts along with multi-year state funding for cia studios [2011 – 2013]. after incorporating in 2008, we now have a small but dedicated board with a wide range of experience from law, economics, arts management and academia.
pvi collective has built a strong reputation for its guerrilla-style tactical interventions in public places – a kind of high-end arts version of the chaser”
stephen bevis, arts editor, west australian nov 2009
since 2008 we have been building a strong collegial community around our practice via our unique initiative cia studios [centre for interdisciplinary arts], enabling us and others to be part of a global dialogue that connects, collaborates and supports each others arts practices.
pvi are founders and principal tenants at cia studios in perth. cia provides a creative home to socially engaged artists whose practices sit on the edges of definition. it is an invaluable space dedicated to applied research, experimentation and the development of interdisciplinary practice. we manage and curate this centre as part of our core activities.
when was the last time you fcuked things up? I mean really did something so left of field, so unlike yourself (so unlike anyone!), so brilliant and wonderful and bizarre that all you can do is feel absolute joy? for me it was sunday with pvi collective”
jane howard, performing arts critic, deviate from the norm 2011, sa