The Things We Did Next
The Things We Did Next is a collaborative practice that generates a series of interconnected artworks and projects based on collectively imagining multiple futures.
A multi-platform exploration of futures to come in the era of climates changed and changing, The Things We Did Next transports collaborators, participants and publics to 2029 when significant impacts on planetary health are a daily reality alongside powerful upheavals of our cultural, political and energy systems.
Co-created by dp and social impact producer, maker and activist, Alex Kelly, The Things We Did Next is produced by Sophia Marinos with NYID and Something Somewhere Inc.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