The Austerity Project


The Austerity Project is a dance / photography exhibition offering an alternative twist on the familiar term ‘austerity measures’. If austerity implies reducing our fiscal capacity, then what of the reductive capacity of the body to co-exist as material? How can we limit our ‘individual-ness’ to pare down the unnecessary, and find the body’s edge, in and with its environments? The dance body is captured as it co-exists within environments where the movement artists use their sensibilities in creating individual and dynamic responses to their immediate location.

The exhibition was a retrospective showcase presenting Australian collaborators including performance artists Vahri McKenzie and Hellen Russo and photographic artists including Luke Briffa and Jack Allen.  The exhibition opened with a live dance and music performance by Orr & Sweeney in collaboration with local musicians Richard Johnson and Michael Norris.

The Austerity Project was a Crafts Council ACT initiative and was supported by the Art Department and the Humanities Research Centre at the ANU.