A Next Wave x Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) co-commission in partnership with The University of Melbourne, New Student Precinct Project
How do you move through the world in a wheelchair when there’s an obstacle around every corner?
It can be ruff going in the burbs when you use a wheelchair, barking dogs and rocky paths are constant (annoying) companions. In this large-scale participatory art installation, you will navigate your way in wheels through an array of sculptures and site-specific interventions. Grab a wheelchair and go! Can you get through that sand pit? Why won’t this gate open? Beat your mates, beat your best time, and take home the golden cushion.
Artist Bruno Booth responds to the University of Melbourne’s architecture and urban landscape with this daring and cheeky obstacle course.
Audiences members are invited to explore the work using a manual wheelchair, and we encourage audience members with mobility requirements to contact the venue so suitable adjustments can be made.
Audiences are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes for this performance.
Dead ends & detours is supported by Western Australia Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, Dulux and Fremantle Arts Centre.
Special thanks to Betty Richards, Lifestyle Manager.
Bruno Booth uses installation, sculpture, video and audience participation to express his ideas. After undertaking a residency at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts in late 2017, he discovered a new-found desire to produce large scale, participatory installations.
In late 2018 Bruno held a solo exhibition, Pull cord for assistance, at Smart Casual Fremantle. This project was supported by a Dept of Local Govt Sport and Cultural Industries Grant. In March/April 2019 he produced a large, participatory installation, Hostile Infrastructure, at Testing Grounds in Melbourne, funded by the City of Melbourne Arts Grant Program.
He produced a new body of work for a solo show, Push it, push it (real good) at Firstdraft, Sydney and was selected for the Joondalup Prize, both in October 2019. He is currently a resident artist at Fremantle Arts Centre. His work has been selected for the PICA Salon, Refractive Realities in 2020.