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Hotelling 2016

Surfers Paradise has lots of hotels, around 150 of them depending on where you set your boundaries. Heading north from southern Gold Coast you meet them as a façade, a front, a barricade. They are arranged as if to defend the indefensible, the appropriation of land for the recreation of humans. Development and hospitality, the primary drivers of life in paradise.

As a visitor, I see the hotels as a strength of the local culture, an opportunity to re-imagine the whole idea of culture through the prism they offer. So I wanted to write a new story in which a Surfers Paradise hotel was the major character.

The protagonist of our first chapter is QT Hotel, a highly theatrical establishment. Its identity is ‘designer-detail’ but highly inclusive because of its emphasis on play. In fact, you could say the sensibility of the hotel is that of a ‘play ground’.

You can see and feel it in the way its spaces interact, in the designer benches that greet you on every floor, in the uniforms (costumes) worn by staff that cast them as ‘characters’ in the QT play. It’s very Gold Coast, showy, colourful. But it’s also very stylish and sensual.

So the artistic canvas – the daily life of the hotel – is already a highly theatrical event occurring and changing on a daily basis in a site that in architectural terms is highly performative. The opportunities to embed artists, art-making and, ultimately, art in the hotel are irresistible and infinite.

Like any protagonist, the hotel needs a three-dimensional rendering for it to connect with its audience. I call it Hotelling, a 24 hours-and-a-bit on a fast-finishing, eclectic rollercoaster of an arts happening in all the corners of the hotel, top-to-bottom, left-to-right, inside-out. Hotelling is a new sport, a game for an adult audience, an alchemy of contemporary art and cultural hospitality.

Check in.

Curated by dp
Produced by Bleached Arts
Supported by City of Gold Coast
4-5 November 2016 | QT Hotel Gold Coast

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Future Mammal
Digital Projection
Craig Walsh

Queen of Hearts / Dark and Gothic
Moira Finucane
Finucane and Smith

Bureau of Returns
Object Installation
Byron Coathup

The Situation Room
Participatory Digital and Live Performance
The Farm


The Crying Man
Live Performance
Original Concept dp
written by dp and made with Todd MacDonald

Location-Specific Live Performance
Original Concept dp
made by dp and Hayden Jones with Tammy Zarb, Marco Sinigaglia, Steph Pokoj, Reuben Witsenhuysen

Tied Up/Tidy Up
Object-based Live Performance
Original Concept dp
made by dp with Sam Foster

Like a Rolling Stone
Original Concept dp
made by dp with Kate Harman

Driven-In Drive In
Site-Specific Live Performance
Original Concept dp
made by dp with Sam Foster, Ellen Bailey and Kristian Santic

The OtherWorld
Location-Specific Live Performances
Original Concept dp
made by dp with Alicia Min-Harvie, Ellen Bailey and Kristian Santic

Ghosts in the Machine
by Lawrence English


Moira Finucane’s Queen of Hearts

Craig Walsh’s Future Mammal

Hotelling returns in 2017 at a hotel near you.