Arts House


A 3am ride through loneliness, frenzy, banality and cliché

A performance you can watch, create, perform and control. THRASHING WITHOUT LOOKING is an experiential work that combines performance with live cinema. It is a textured and disorienting journey that considers the agency of the audience in a mediated space.

“It provoked all sorts of thoughts about the modes of disembodied communication we engage in now – televisual, internet – how trust and agency are still called upon and how intense and liberating is the sense of touch … I didn’t want to leave.” – Fiona McGregor, RealTime.

“It makes me clearly realise that no matter how much my contemporary perception is shaped by the intricate, informative pixilation of technology, nothing in the world will ever replicate that unmistakably visceral exchange that happens simply by being tenderly held” – Susie Hardgrave, Australian Stage.


Creators – Martyn Coutts, Lz Dunn, Tristan Meecham, Lara Thoms, Willoh S. Weiland
Sound Designer – Alan Nguyen
Producer – Thea Baumann
Production Manager – Meg Hale

Thrashing Without Looking has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and was developed at Arts House with the support of a CultureLAB residency and then at Liveworks at Performance Space in 2010.

Arts House, North Melbourne
3 – 7 August, 2011

Images 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.