Showcase Victoria 2024 :: Memetica's support materials :: Wild Birds

AIR CAMP

An other-worldly installation for conversation between adults and children.

:: Invitation blurb for children to join in on the workshop (example)
Come and sit in the circle inside the camp. Think of an issue you care about. Choose inflatable sculptures to represent it. Mount them on your tent, disappear into it… and it’s time to turn your mic on! 

Engage in meaningful conversations with the public, and let the adults discover your perspective and understand what is important to you.
As visitors walk through the camp of tents with magically lit up ideas on them, they can literally see what your thoughts are. Discuss things you care most about with the inquisitive audience.

They can’t see you, but they sure can hear!

:: Invitation blurb to the workshop’s outcome performative exhibition the general public (example)

Imagine a camp of inflatable tents with kids’ ideas sprouting out of them as lit up sculptures. Unseen from inside the tent children’s voices are amplified as they let us know what they care about the most in the world and why. 

Walk through the camp of tents with magically lit up ideas and engage in meaningful conversations with the children and discover their perspectives – they might even change yours!  

:: Air Camp
A circle of colourful interconnected tents sits in a large open space. Each tent is filled with air and has a strange inflatable message sculpture sprouting from their rooves, like placards, conversation starters. You are invited into the otherworldly inner circle and, if you are a child, your job is to decide on a subject you care about, choose a message sculpture to represent it, zip the sculpture onto a tent of your choice, watch it inflate, and then crawl inside. If you are on the outside, your job is to be the ‘conversationalist’ –  to talk to the tents, ask questions and begin a dialogue of any length. The child inside has a microphone and a whole lot of uninhibited stuff to say.

Air Camp is a new way to create a public ‘conversation circle’ where children are unseen and empowered to speak their mind to strangers from the comfort of their own tent. As visitors walk through the camp of tents, with their magically lit-up ideas attached, they can literally see what kids’ thought are. The project is both installation and live workshop designed for festivals, large gallery foyers and public spaces.

:: Workshop (Full immersion option)

Duration – Two days of 6 hours (includes breaks)
Capacity –  15 children
Age – 9 to 12

:: Exhibition/performance

Duration: 40 minutes to 2 hours

:: Workshop (Lite option)

Duration –3 hours
Capacity – 12 children (or 15 if an additional personnel member is provided by host)
Age – 9 to 12

:: Costing

Please contact artistic director Daniele Poidomani for details.

 

Intro to Memetica

Memetica has international and extensive expertise in delivering captivating roving shows featuring giant puppets, designed to entertain and astonish audiences of diverse cultures. It also specializes in community-based workshops, offering immersive experiences for all generations or specifically tailored for children, that foster their creative and performative abilities.

The impact of the Memetica’s experience extends beyond the public presentation of the artwork created during the workshops, leaving a lasting social and cultural resonance within the community.

Embracing the natural flow of the memetic process of culture, which involves replication, inheritance, and variation, Memetica’s process relies on the belief that everyone possesses the ability to create original works of art. Artistic languages serve as a medium for people of all ages to effortlessly express their thoughts, emotions, and convey their messages to the wider world. Whether rooted in traditions, personal experiences, or imaginative fictions, artistic expression enables captivating storytelling.

Memetica’s projects actively promote and encourage spontaneity, even among those unfamiliar with art production, as guided intention surpasses the need for prior experience. Through this approach, the ordinary can be transformed into evocative and impactful artwork.

Memetica :: Workshops and Exhibitions

Memetica’s cultural intervention through giant puppet performance is epitomized by The Naming, a collaboration with Australian First Nation Elder Laurie Padmore of the Dulgubarra Ydinji clan. This project seamlessly blends visually striking performance, linguistic proficiency, and cultural wisdom. It effectively raises awareness of traditional culture and its significance to Yungaburra and beyond, garnering the ABC’s attention and national scale attention.

Deadly Totems exemplifies our community-based workshops, done in collaboration with the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association in Hastings, Victoria. The show portrays the inspiring tale of how the association rescued their land from industrial destruction, transforming it into a revitalized natural area that now thrives with native plants and animals.

 

Air Camp is Memetica’s first project tailored for children. It encourages them to express their values and perspectives through vibrant inflatable sculptures over two days. This initiative establishes a unique “conversation circle” where children can openly communicate their thoughts to strangers from the safety of their own tents. As visitors stroll through the camp, adorned with illuminated ideas, they visually witness the children’s perspectives. Air Camp serves as both an installation and live workshop, specifically designed for festivals, expansive gallery foyers, and public spaces.

Street Roving and Performance Training

Memetica’s roving street performances bring surrealism and unexpected laughter to outdoor events, entertaining and amazing people of all ages. With mischievous Wild Birds and snooping Street Skeeters, these performances offer a delightful experience. Festivals and events can also opt for training workshops, providing a life-changing opportunity for their audience and community. The Street Skeeters, created in collaboration with Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Champion Matt Lewis, ensure wheelchair users have full and comfortable access.Kids can also enjoy the excitement of performing in public spaces with the Reeflings puppets. Under Memetica’s guidance, they can train for an hour, don the costumes, and mingle among the festival crowd, bringing joy to both the performers and the audience.