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In Repertoire

ACCA, AS PART OF Who’s Afraid of Public Space?

DESTINY

APHIDS’ latest project, DESTINY (2021), is a moving-image work made in collaboration with on-demand or ‘gig economy’ workers, including rideshare drivers, food delivery riders and cleaners, that explores personal and global experiences of the platform economy. Against the backdrop of the historical union stronghold of Melbourne’s Trades Hall, four workers perform work in isolation, fueling an unseen ‘machine’ of platform capitalism: objects are delivered, unwrapped and accumulated en masse. An electric bike weaves around obstacles and entry points. The pace of work builds. Over time, through shared action, the workers transport themselves into a collective space, fleeting but real, of protest and resistance.

Mimicking the form of the eight-hour workday, DESTINY is presented as part of Who’s Afraid of Public Space? as a one-day only offsite project from 2-10pm at Cardigan House Carpark in Carlton. Screened on loop throughout the day, DESTINY concludes with a public panel discussion from 4-5pm with Amelia Wallin, Eugenia Lim, and worker–performers Cher Tan and Wasay, who will reflect on the making of the work, the platform economy and how ‘convenience’ is shaping bodies, behaviours, and perceptions of time.

CREDITS

Eugenia Lim — Lead Artist & Director
Lara Thoms, Mish Grigor — Co-Creators
Alexandra George — Producer & 1st AD
Wasay, Cher Tan, Jessica Wen, Mirza Baig — Worker-Performers
Corin Ileto — Composer
Alex Cardy — Director of Photography
Han Palmer — Steadicam Op & Gaffer
Joel Green — Best Person
Bonita Carzino — B-Cam Op
Harrison Byrne — 1st AC
Radar Kane, Josh Labita — Drone Ops
Amrita Hepi — Choreographer
Imo Walsh — Production Designer
Gemma Baxter — Wardrobe Designer
Rebecca McCauley — Graphic Designer & Project Admin
Stefan Polastri — Set Fabricator
Karli Laredo — Art Dept Assistant
Priya Pavri — 2nd AD
Ching Ching Ho — Interpreter
Wasay, Eugenia Lim — Translation
Alex Wakefield — Sound Recordist
Folklore Sound & Music — Post Sound Facility
Thom Kellar — Sound Designer
Christine Cheung — Offline Editor
Chris Tomkins — Online Editor
Dan Stonehouse, Crayon — Colourist
Laura Hesse, Meg Doyle — Crayon Producers

Special Thanks
Sissy Screens, Steadipalms, Antony Moore and all at Trades Hall, Folklore Sound & Music, Crayon, Jensen Cope, Eben Olson at Reel Locations, Amos Gebhardt, Truce Films, Benjamin Pitt, Ruben Pinzon, Darren Tan, Becky Sui Zhen, anonymous Amazon worker, Grace Herbert and all at Rising, APHIDS Board and Donors, Misha Lee, Nat Cursio, Jessie French, Chris Tomkins, our past EASY RIDERS  Worker–Collaborators, Alan Macgill, Melbourne Fringe, Freya Waterson, Collingwood Yards, Jo Porter and QVWC, Max Delany, Miriam Kelly and Annika Kristensen at ACCA, Amelia Wallin, Lana Nguyen, Harpy Film Services, Karli Laredo and Stefan Polastri. Most importantly, we thank our entire team of collaborators and our loved ones for their collective support in realising this ‘labour of love’.

The work has been made possible by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative; the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, The City of Melbourne through its Triennial Grants program 2018-2020, Creative Victoria through its Organisation Investment Program. APHIDS would also like to acknowledge the generous funding and support from partners; RISING Festival, the Centre of Visual Art, The University of Melbourne, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, West Space, Trades Hall and MPavilion.

Offsite screening:

December 11 | 2–10pm
Level 6 | ACE carparking
96 Grattan Street Carlton

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With a panel discussion 4–5pm

Who’s Afraid of Public Space?
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
December 4 2021–March 20 2022

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.