The Things We Did Next
The Things We Did Next is a future-focussed art project that proposes new ways of seeing changes to our climate that disrupt the dystopian default settings currently dominating popular opinion. A multi-platform interrogation across podcast, live performance and publishing, The Things We Did Next asks: how might we become better versions of ourselves as we face the unheralded challenges affecting our environment and society?
As project dramaturg and director of the live performance, dp is collaborating with social impact producer, Alex Kelly, on this public invitation to engage in a deeper form of listening and consideration. Each platform will have an outcome in 2020, with the live performance scheduled for a mid-year premiere. Part-performance, part-installation, part-interview the event will be an immersive, experimental artwork, with the sum of its parts aspiring to create a whole new atmosphere for activism, imagining and art-making.see project
A performance talk about objects and people, Meaninglessness is written by dp for, and with, visual artist and jeweller, Su-san Cohn. It asks the question: what does an artist do when their government operates on values that are hostile to their own? To which is offered up a quietly subversive antidote to society’s anxiety about the stranger, the newcomer, the other.
Avant-premiere: BIRCA, Bornholm, Denmark July 12-15
Tour: July 18-August 13
Final Performance: National Design Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, September 132019Australian Premiere: Temperance Hall, Melbourne, August 15-17Denmark Return Tour: October 21-November 18 including Theatre Island, Copenhagen on November 1 and 9
Originally produced in Denmark by cohnartist productions and Danig Performing Arts Service in collaboration with not yet it’s difficult (NYID).
Produced in Australia by cohnartist productions in collaboration with not yet it’s difficult (NYID).
The Ministry for Empathy
Ten days before the 2016 Federal Election, dp was elected to the position of Federal Minister for Empathy by approximately 42 people at an open-ended campaign in Canberra.
In the lead-up to the recent Federal Election in May 2019, the Minister conducted a series of interviews with Government ministers. After thousands of views across exhibition, live performance and social media, Australia’s Federal Minister for Empathy processed his idiosyncratic, pre-Election odyssey into the minds of Government Ministers by trekking through the Wilderness of Emotions for 40 days and 40 Nights as he sought to navigate the new terrain created by the surprise result.see project
Wall of Noise Web of Silence
dp’s first concept album, Wall of Noise Web of Silence, is an immersive online rollercoaster of politics, artistic practice and best-of-speeches that contributes to our way of understanding how the production of noise and silence determines the tone, frequency and recording of our cultural and political systems in the age of neo-liberal capitalism.
Thursday 19 October, 2017
RMIT Storey Hall
David Pledger Is Running For Office
In the context of the 2016 Federal Election, dp launched a durational artwork in which he seeks (s)election for various public offices in multiple contexts over a number of years.
Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra
Wednesday June 22, 2016
&: Atomic is the final stage of the 4-part international performance laboratory AMPERS&ND in which the key artistic proposition evolved into the development of a new performance language for actors, dancers and musicians from which improvisation and composition arise from the same artistic impulse.
Seoul International Dance Festivalsee project
World Premiere October 3 2014