About

Who

Aphids creates urgent art in urgent times

‘APHIDS is one of the most adventurous artistic collectives in Australia’ – Amy Barrett-Lennard, PICA Director

APHIDS is a 27-year-old artist-led experimental art organisation based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Collaborative and future-focused, APHIDS is led by Co-Directors Eugenia Lim, Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor. The work of APHIDS is feminist, intersectional, angry, and funny; we bring artists into meaningful exchange with audiences through performance, screens, critical dialogue, and unpredictable encounters in the public realm.

Past APHIDS works have been presented in major venues in every state and territory in Australia, and in more unexpected places: Elderly homes in Finland, industrial zones in Bulgaria, Union headquarters and beamed into outer space. Our collaborators have included funeral directors, Uber drivers, scientists, and pop stars. Our projects promote open, accessible yet complex and rigorous encounters between artists and the public.

APHIDS is currently based at Collingwood Yards

APHIDS is a non-profit organisation championed by patrons and supporters through tax deductible donations. APHIDS has Deductible Tax Recipient (DGR) status and all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Please consider supporting here

CROSS-ARTFORM COLLABORATIONS SINCE 1994

Aphids was founded in 1994 by Artistic Director/composer David Young, writer/musician Cynthia Troup, visual artist Sarah Pirrie and fashion designer Kath Banger. In 2010, Willoh S. Weiland joined the company as Artistic Director putting her own unique mark on the company ethos with an experimental and innovative program fusing music, performance and new technologies. In 2019 Aphids entered into a new era, led by Co-Directors Eugenia Lim, Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor.

Video
Edit – Sissy Reyes & Eugenia Lim
Music – CORIN ‘Fatal Redemption’

 

 

 

2020
The Director, INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL OF KERALA, INDIA
Howl, ADELAIDE BIENNIAL OF AUSTRALIAN ART: MONSTER THEATRES 2020, ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, ADELAIDE
APHIDS Listens, ONLINE
Class Act Development, MELBOURNE

2019
Exit Strategies, ARTSHOUSE, MELBOURNE
Easy Riders: The Prologue Program, MPAVILION, MELBOURNE
The Director, SICK FESTIVAL, MANCHESTER,ANTI CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL, FINLAND, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY
APHIDS Listens, ONLINE
Questions for Problems, IAN POTTER MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE
The Talk, PERTH INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, PERTH

2018
Crawl Me Blood, ROYAL TASMANIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS, HOBART, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE
Howl, PERTH INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, PERTH
Artefact Screening, DISRUPTED FESTIVAL OF IDEAS, PERTH
Flyway, THEATRE GARONNE, TOULOUSE, FRANCE
Icon, FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE
Attack of the Art Film, LIBRARY AT THE DOCK

2017
Crawl Me Blood, ROYAL MELBOURNE BOTANICAL GARDENS, MELBOURNE
Artefact Screening, ANTI CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL, FINLAND, ACMI’S ART + FILM SERIES, MELBOURNE
Flyway, THEATRE DER WELT, GERMANY

2016
Artefact, ANTI CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL, FINLAND
Howl, FESTIVAL OF LIVE ART, NORTH MELBOURNE
Spooky Action at a Distance, SCHWINDELFREI FESTIVAL, GERMANY
Flyway, SUBSTATION, NEWPORT
Underground, WONDERFEEL FESTIVAL, NETHERLANDS

2015
Forever Now, MONA FOMA, TASMANIA
A Singular Phenomenon, MALTHOUSE THEATRE, MELBOURNE
Finale, LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES BERLIN, 2015
Flyway, NOA FESTIVAL, LITHUANIA
Fun Run, FINLAND & SOUTH KOREA
Crawl Me Blood development, VITALSTATISTIX & FRESH MILK

2014
The Drive In Project, DROMANA DRIVE IN
Finale, DROMANA DRIVE IN & LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS, 2014
Game Show, FESTIVAL OF LIVE ART, MELBOURNE
Flyway, THE NETHERLANDS & BULGARIA
The Second Before, GOING NOWHERE, ARTS HOUSE
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Residency, FEDERATION SQUARE

2013
Game Show, WORLD THEATRE FESTIVAL, BRISBANE
Fun Run, SYDNEY FESTIVAL
Metaverse Makeovers Live at the Portals, ISEA, SYDNEY

2012
Thrashing Without Looking, NATIONAL TOUR
The Lady and The Tiger, WEST SPACE, MELBOURNE
Last Night Now, BARRIO, ADELAIDE FESTIVAL
The Box, A PRIVATE LIVING ROOM IN KEW
Metaverse Makeovers, JUE FESTIVAL, SHANGHAI
Sonorities of Site, PUBLICATION LAUNCH
Precipice I & II, CITY OF MELBOURNE
Flyway, NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL
Computer Boy, PERFORMANCE SPACE, SYDNEY

2011
Underground, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Fun Run, DARWIN FESTIVAL, DARWIN
Void Love, THE ARTS CENTRE, MELBOURNE
A Quarrelling Pair, ROME, ITALY
Metaverse Makeovers, L’OREAL MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL
Thrashing Without Looking, ARTSHOUSE, MELBOURNE
Hologram Holiday, SUNNYBANK, BRISBANE
Cuttings, LINDEN CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

2010
So You Think You Can Cow, REGIONAL VICTORIA
System Building, BEIJING
Thrashing Without Looking, PERFORMANCE SPACE, SYDNEY
Yakumo Honjin, EAST COAST TOUR, AUSTRALIA
Waiting to Turn into Puzzles, UNDUE NOISE, BENDIGO
Exile Studio Recording, IWAKI AUDITORIUM, SOUTHBANK
Remote Sense, CASTLEMAINE

2009
Underground, INTERNATIONAL TOUR
Thousands of Bundled Straw, MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
Yakumo Honjin, JAPAN
Bundaleer Forest Weekend, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
So You Think You Can Cow, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL and BIG WEST
Care Instructions, THE MALTHOUSE and DENMARK
Waiting to Turn Into Puzzles, FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE
Radiobots, SHEPPARTON
Xantolo, MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
System Building, MELBOURNE / SYDNEY / NETHERLANDS / BERLIN
A Quarrelling Pair, LA MAMA NEW YORK

2008
Care Instructions, LA MAMA at the COURTHOUSE
Aphids Hybrid Arts Residency, PICA
Aphids Reel Music Festival, ACMI
Yelling at Stars, NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL
Listen My Secret Fetish, MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL
So You Think You Can Cow, EXPLORATIONS AT LA MAMA
Underground, INTERSTATE TOUR

2007 
Yakumo Honjin creative development, JAPAN
Underground world tour, HOLLAND, BELGIUM, ITALY, JAPAN, MEXICO
Schallmachine 07, SWITZERLAND
Oribotics [network], MELBOURNE FESTIVAL, FED SQUARE
Music at Mt Egerton, REGIONAL VICTORIA
Val Camonica Pieces, FULL TILT, ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
A Quarrelling Pair, CASTLEMAINE STATE FESTIVAL

2006 
New Music Machine, ANAM
Scale, CD LAUNCH
Fight With The Violin, SOUTH AFRICA
A Quarrelling Pair, MALTHOUSE THEATRE
Thousands of Bundled Straw, CD
Nasu [the eggplant project]
Schallmachine 06, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL, FED SQUARE
Fritz Hauser Solodrumming, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL, FED SQUARE

2005
Oribotics [laboratory], SIDNEY MYER ASIA CENTRE
Skin Quartet world tour, AUSTRALIA, USA, BELGIUM, SOUTH AFRICA
Thousands of Bundled Straw, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL

2004
A Quarrelling Pair, LA MAMA in MELBOURNE FESTIVAL
APHIDS’ 10th birthday celebrations
Scale, MUSiCLAB AT LES BAINS:: CONNECTIVE, BELGIUM
Glass Garden, SYDNEY FESTIVAL

2003
Instrument Building, LINDEN
Skin Quartet, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL, ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY
Fight With The Violin, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL
Glass Garden, BIG WEST FESTIVAL

2002
Maps Part 2, KOBENHAVN, DENMARK
The Glass Garden, OLD MEAT FACTORY, MARIBYRNONG

2001
Aphids Trio, LINDEN

2000
Maps Part 1, NORTH MELBOURNE TOWN HALL
I Have No Ghosts, ICE CARVING at PUBLIC OFFICE UNDERGROUND CARPARK
Myer residencies, MEAT MARKET
Voices: auditory hallucinations, CD LAUNCH at LINDEN

1999
Pelican Babies, ABC SOUTHBANK CENTRE
Ricefields tour, FRANCE, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA
Radio 1 Samuel Beckett, NORTH MELBOURNE TOWN HALL
Ciurlionis, LITHUANIAN CLUB

1998
Banquet 98, STOP 22 ST KILDA
Ricefields, LA MAMA
Riot of Life with Snuff Puppets

1997
Banquet, STOP 22 ST KILDA
Travelling, LA MAMA

1995
Torta

1994
Pod, DANCEHOUSE
APHIDS OPENING, PRIVATE RESIDENCE

ANNUAL REPORTS

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APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.

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