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 black market 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.
you will be encouraged to learn to adapt and to mould themselves into more capable creatures and find your true usefulness within a new black market economy.
you trade with the goods you bring with you that night, hustling with shadowy figures down darkened alleyways, arranging rendezvous points and peddling your wares in order to get what you think you need to cope with an impending societal collapse.
from psychological coping mechanisms to urban survival skills and weaponising garbage, blackmarket is highly immersive, instruction based and perversely fun.
join the fight for survival.
each performance has a strictly limited capacity. don’t miss out.
piaf season: tue 16 feb – sat 27 feb 2016
“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
“pvi collective: truly at the forefront of socially and technologically engaged performance in australia”
– performance space, blackmarket reader. may 2015
no government, no multi national enterprise can seriously claim to be able to replace the 1.8 billion jobs created by the economic underground. in truth, the best hope for growth in most economies lies in the shadows.”
scientific american magazine, 2011.
devised by pvi collective – kelli mccluskey & steve bull with steve berrick & chris williams
economic consultancy by michael chappell
sound pieces by jason sweeney
voice overs by kate neylon
designed by pvi collective
development and programming by steve berrick & chris mccormick
branding and visual design by chris nixon
special thanks to michele fairbairn & lukus robbins [adhocracy festival local artists creative team]
perth season traders: chloe flockart, finn o’branagáin, jacob lehrer, joe lui, julia hales, laura boynes, loren kronemyer, maja liwszyc, moya thomas (trading floor), paul grabovac, rachel arianne ogle, ruud hendrikx, sete tele,
sydney season traders: Aaron Manhattan, Dale Collier ,
Harriet Gillies, Julian Woods, Julie Vulcan,
Kate Cooper, Leah Shelton, Liesel Zink, Scarlett O’Claire
season – perth international arts festival, west australia, feb 2016. co-presented by city of subiaco and perth institute of contemporary arts.
inaugural performance season – performance space ‘streetworks’ series, kings cross, sydney, new south wales, may – june 2015.
creative development – vitalstatistix theatre company’s interdisciplinary hothouse adhocracy festival, port adelaide, south australia, june 2014.