Shot in Nowra and Bundanon, Whelping Box (Film) is a continuum of a live performance presented by Performance Space in 2012. The material and sequences from the original performance have been re-contextualised on locations in rural NSW, and further explored through the language of film.
The film depicts a series of intensely physical and ritualistic tasks, and explores the impact of these on different psychological states, from the human aspiration to higher, god-like forms, to degenerative animalistic desire.
Whelping Box delves into themes of masculinity, empowerment, male intimacy, and the need for expression within tightly coded expectations of male behaviour.
Presented as single-channel HD video projection
24 Frames per second exhibition, Carriageworks
18/6 to 2/8/2015
Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design, Prague
13/4 and 5/5/2015
Siteworks 2015 | The Feral Among Us, Bundanon Trust
Thanks to Pippa Bailey, Daniel Brine, Celia Brown, Cyrus Carandang, Bec Dean, Janie Gibson, Regina Heilman, Jeff Khan, Devi Mallal, Richard Montgomery, Margaret Perkins, Performance Space.
The Whelping Box film was commissioned by Carriageworks and developed with the support of Arts Nsw, Australia Council For The Arts, Bundanon Trust, Performing Lines, UNSW Art & Design, School Of The Arts And Media At UNSW.