the agency for collective action is a collaboration between pvi collective and panther, a melbourne live art duo. the project aims to investigate through performance and public intervention ways in which we can activate disparate groups of people to undertake a shared action.
there is something highly aspirational about the intentions of the agency for collective action that appeals greatly to both pvi and panther in that it seeks out via subtle agitational means a commitment by all involved to take a stand and act upon it together. this commitment, whilst inherently absurd and largely doomed to failure, serves to poetically highlight an innate desire to change and affect the landscape. It is largely this impossibility in all its magnitude that appeals and for us gives the work it’s currency, integrity and ability to have impact on an audience.
we at the agency for collective action are interested in the decisions we make as individuals and the way in which individual interests can inform and empower events. we are interested in the way individuals come together, make decisions, and unite to make affirmative decisions for a collective future. we take action to make decisions. we find common cause among strangers; we create small communities out of larger ones and in doing so highlight the many tensions and triumphs of individualism in a global collective.”
the beginnings of a manifesto – the agency of collective action, sept 08.
devised & performed by: pvi collective & panther
production manager: the south project
research provocatuer: wimo bayang
the grounds of the sultans palace, jogyakarta, Indonesia, nov 2009.
south project, ‘why gather?’ international symposium, jul 2008.
originally commissioned by the south project international gathering in santiago, chile in 2006. the state of western australia has made an investment in this project through the department of culture and the arts in association with the lotteries commission.