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reform

vigilantism has never been so polite

about reform

how lawful are the citizens of your local streets?

reform is a unique intervention & darkly comic performance work with live radio broadcast for a small audience to take on-foot in the city streets. pvi’s elite social control taskforce the loyal citizens underground attempt to become model citizens and reform wayward behaviour by adhering to all local laws ‘to the letter’. a radical vision of community watch gone awry, the l.c.u take the moral high ground to see who else is willing to reform. audiences station themselves in coffee shops, bus stops and street corners to tune in with portable fm radios and witness a ripe underbelly of civil disobedience emerge amongst unwitting shoppers, tourists and restaurant goers. as unflinching moral crusaders they attempt to implement their own brand of patriotic conformity – applauding good behaviour and offering neighbourly advice to any wayward citizens.

reform casts a cynical eye over the politics of public safety and the rules we live by. presenting a not-too-fictional orwellian vision of the future where our every move is monitored for political correctness.  reform is the first in pvi collectives’ ‘future belongs to crowds’ series which investigates how different modes of collective behaviour can generate social change.

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testimonials

devised & performed by: pvi collective with guest performers and guest artists ben sutton, sarah wilkinson and martyn coutts

soundscapes by: jason sweeney [aka pretty boy crossover]

production manager: mike nanning

researcher: dr christina lee

on-site performers: sarah wilkinson, belinda massey, michael ford, andrew bretherton, chris & michelle atkinson de garis, alee bevlaqua

show info

other videos

audience induction video

 

l.c.u on patrol

image still from lcu on patrol

lcu on patrol is a short film for video was developed from reform.

recorded via hidden cameras, sees elite taskforce, ‘the loyal citizens underground‘ patrol the city streets attempting to become model citizens. a radical vision of community watch gone awry, the l.c.u take the moral high ground to see who else is willing and able to reform.

armed with code of conduct cards and an overzealous enthusiasm for current legislation, laws & social standards, the l.c.u discover a ripe underbelly of civil disobedience amongst unwitting shoppers, tourists and restaurant goers. as unflinching moral crusaders they attempt to implement their own brand of patriotic conformity – applauding good behaviour and offering neighbourly advice to any wayward citizens.  vigilantism has never been so polite…

for the video, each performer was wired up for sound via hidden mics enabling audio conversations to be heard on-screen.  lcu on patrol casts a cynical eye over the politics of public safety and the rules we live by. presenting a not-too-fictional orwellian vision of the future where our every move is monitored for political correctness.

creative team

devised by pvi collective

performed by pvi artists james mccluskey, jackson juliani, ofa fotu and chris williams with guest artist, eleanor hopkins.

 

performance history

mori gallery, darling harbour, sydney, nsw , 4 feb – 30 mar 2007

the yellow vest syndrome, group exhibition, fremantle arts centre, 31 jan – 29 mar 2009

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performance history

northbridge festival, perth, wa, nov 2008

liveworks festival, performance space, sydney, nsw, aug 2008

salamanca arts centre, hobart, tas, aug 2008

sinagpore national museum, singapore, jul 2008

arts house, north melbourne town hall, north Melbourne, vic, sept 2007

perth institute of contemporary arts, perth, wa, 25 may – 4 june 2006

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