DEAD RICH, 2023, is a two-part performance lecture by APHIDS co-directors Mish Grigor and Lara Thoms. In two discrete and interlinked segments, DEAD RICH explores how lived experience infiltrates art practice in strange and unexpected ways. The lecture takes its cues from autoethnographer and performance scholar Tami Spry’s concept of the ‘textualising body’ – or what Spry describes as an unhierarchical ‘collaboration between body, page and stage’. Here, the work of research flows through a series of manifestations that equally produce knowledge. Through this lens, DEAD RICH attempts to use liveness, image, words and bodies to portray and unpack the performance of class and death in present-day Australia.

The piece will be segmented into two discrete halves. In the first half, Lara Thoms examines a life spent making art about death. In the second half, Mish Grigor takes on class consciousness. Throughout the four performances of DEAD RICH, Grigor will, over time begin to replace herself with another actor, dancer Sarah Aiken, to contribute to this performance of abstraction.


Created by APHIDS
Lead Artists/Performers: Lara Thoms, Mish Grigor
Performers: Alice Dixon, Sarah Aiken, Stefan Grudza
Voiceover: Catherine Ryan
Outside Eye: Jason Maling
Dramaturg: Zoey Dawson
Producer: Anna Nalpantidis

This project was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Melbourne Now Performance Program and has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the City of Melbourne, and Creative Victoria through its Creative Enterprises Program, the City of Melbourne through its ACIP program, and Creative Victoria through its Creative Enterprises Program.

Free entry, more details here

5 August, 6 August, 12 August, 19 August at 2pm

Image by: Bryony Jackson


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.