“Having a supportive and organised team to work with made the experience very beneficial. It has launched a new career path for me” – KISS club artist, 2019
“Developing the work with the support of pvi collective and PICA allowed me to test the concept, which worked really well, and has now allowed me to present a full-length work in 2020” – KISS club artist, 2019
“A truly invigorating and supportive experience, which I would recommend to any artist with an idea bubbling away in their heads.” – KISS club artist, 2019
Who should apply?
We encourage applications from WA emerging and established practitioners, groups or collectives from any live art form who are keen to test out a component of an idea or embryonic work in progress in front of a live audience. It can be raw and unresolved as long as you are able to contextualise your intent with the idea. We have a particular interest in live art, participatory performance and experimental practices, though we encourage a diversity of art forms and those working across contemporary approaches to sound, movement, vision and performance.
We also encourage applications from First Nations artists, artists with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) background and artists living with disability. Please let us know if you have any specific requirements.
Whilst we recognise circumstances are changing and the production timeline is in holding, we ask that artists only apply if they are committed to be involved and seeing it through until the feedback event.
What is the timeline amongst COVID-19?
KISS club will begin amongst the current lockdown and government mandates for gatherings, focussing on project development led independently by selected artists within the safety of their homes and with online connection to the team. The provocateuring aspect of the development will happen via zoom with a pvi artist allocated to each artist/company.
The timeline for working within PICA and hosting the live event is in holding, contingent on the lifting of restrictions around gatherings by state and federal governments. Once restrictions are lifted, each participant will have access to the PICA’s Performance Space for rehearsal prior to the feedback event.
We intend to host a public feedback event, as per previous iterations of KISS club and to honour its collective live energy. We are tentatively planning to host, if permitted to do so, a public event between September – December 2020. We will continue to monitor restrictions and keep communications with selected artists open as this timeline is revisited. As the situation is evolving, public event dates are subject to change.
Who is involved with KISS club 2020?
KISS club is jointly curated and produced by pvi collective and PICA. Up to 5 artists/collectives will be selected this year.
The 2020 provocateurs are:
Kelli McCluskey – pvi co-artistic director
Steve Bull – pvi co-artistic director
Chris Williams – pvi lead artist, DADAA creative producer
How do the provocateur sessions work?
Each artist/collective will have a dedicated provocateur, who they will work with across the KISS club period for creative feedback. Artists will have three sessions with their provocateur. These sessions will be conducted via zoom, including one session to introduce them to their work, and two sessions about how the work is progressing to get feedback. These sessions will commence in June and be scheduled as per the requirements of each artist, and as arranged with their provocateur.