110% (2013)

Roving endurance performance, Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2013.

110% was developed in collaboration with Kieran Bryant and Lachlan Herd for the 2013 Underbelly Arts Festival, held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, Australia. The work was a live performance series investigating the impact of positive thinking and competitive behaviours on artistic production and the conduct of everyday life. 

110% was developed in response to the jargon of governmental cultural policy, community development initiatives, and New-Age strategies of self-improvement and productivity. The performance series examined how institutional optimism shapes expectations of the acceptable function of art in Australian culture and society. For the duration of the arts lab and festival, the built and natural environment of Cockatoo Island was transformed into a training area for the enhancement of the artists’ positive outlook and productive output through mental and physical exertion and experimentation.

Performance documentation: George Popov

Getting Going (2013)

Collaborative installation of sculpture and video, live performance. 

107 Projects, Sydney, Australia

Getting Going presented a series of works investigating the impact of positive thinking and competitive behaviours on artistic production and the conduct of everyday life. The exhibition featured an installation of collaborative works developed by Kieran Bryant, Beth Dillon and Lachlan Herd under the collective name, 110%. The opening of the exhibition featured two live performances: a re-enactment of the 110% flag salute carried out by a trio of stand-in performers and a handshake experiment performed by Beth, Kieran and Lachlan.       

Getting Going also included solo works by the artists exploring themes of competitive behaviours, self-perfection and reflection.