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Innocent Bystanders


Tue 15 May 2018, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Wed 16 May 2018, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Thu 17 May 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 18 May 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 19 May 2018, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Physics Room, 49-59 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: sophiebnt

on site, encountered
bodies being, moving
reacting, avoiding

Innocent Bystanders proposes a series of experimental encounters across Ōtautahi with The Physics Room as a central axis. Blurring the boundaries between contemporary art and dance, performers Julia Harvie, Josie Archer, Kosta Bogoievski & David Huggins will set up a framework from which to examine dynamics between audience, performer, and site.

Beginning with a week’s residency at the gallery, they will tease out the interconnectivity between themselves and the ideas at play. They will determine exact sites of exploration and outline their significance. Pivotal choreographies responding to The Physics Room will also emerge during this period, to be performed at a launch event, Wednesday 9 May.

The following week improvised performances in public spaces around the city will occur daily. It is hoped that these will be attended by The Physics Room’s audience, however, the encounter with innocent bystanders - those not expecting to engage with a performance - is a central premise to the work. These performances are as field research; uncontrolled arenas in which to test public reactions.

The knowledge gained through these encounters will be brought back into the gallery space, workshopped and incorporated into the existing understanding of the space. Layering. After seven days, the accumulation will be allowed to settle, before a final gallery performance which incorporates aspects of each preceding exploration on Saturday 19 May.

Off-site performances, 12–2pm:
- Thursday 10 May - CCC Foyer
- Friday 11 May - Victoria Square
- Saturday 12 May - New Brighton Pier
- Sunday 13 May - Riccarton Bush
- Monday 14 May - South Library
- Tuesday 15 May - Central Bus Exchange
- Wednesday 16 May - University of Canterbury, in front of the library.

Follow @innocentbystanders2018 on Instagram for documentation and updates and use the hashtag #innocentbystanders2018 when sharing photos of performances.

Responses from invited contributors and the artists will appear on:

Supported by Recycle Boutique and styled by Oscar Bannan.

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