Somatic Drifts, Adhocracy Vitalstatistix. Image by Cat Jones 2014

“Unexpectedly affecting in its therapeutic, closely guided dislocations of sense and self as well as its emotive engagement…”

Breakdown and Repair, Ben Brooker, Realtime 122

“Transporting and curious….like nothing else I’ve done…the yearning or the desire for it [the touch] is palpable.”

“Stunning. I felt like I was time traveling.”

“Loving and caring and fragile.”

Participant responses, Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix

 Somatic Drifts 1.2sml

Somatic Drifts is an accumulative installation and live, one-to-one artwork. It explores trans-human and inter-species empathy in a sensory experience that enables the participant to experience the bodies of other entities, through touch. These mediatised, shamanic drifts ask what realm do we exist within? How far can we drift? What can this drift enable us to change?

The installation accumulates recordings of participant bodies and the narratives that inhabit them, to travel beyond their own boundaries across consciousness, time and geography.

Concept, design and performance Cat Jones and sound design by Melissa Hunt.

Please be aware that the live experience takes place in an enclosed space, involves gentle touch from the performer, and may induce temporary moments of dyspraxia or body perception shifts. More information is given when booking.

Trailer (best with headphones)

Somatic Drifts has been supported by the Australian government through the Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body; Bundanon Trust AIR; Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW; Adhocracy 2014, Vitalstatistix; and Waverley Studio AIR and SymbioticA. Research for this project has been supported by ANAT Synapse Residency with UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology and UNISA, Sansom Institute, Body in Mind.

With very special thanks to wunderkind Mark Mitchell, Gordy Rymer, Vicki Sowry, Su Goldfish, Prof Stephan Schug, Prof Lorimer Moseley, the Body in Mind research team, students of the Nuragili Winter School, Rene Christen, Antonietta Morgillo, Kate Brown, Cate Hull, Min Wong, Hayley Stone and many others.

Somatic Drifts is available to tour, if you are interested please get in touch via the Contact page.


RADICAL ECOLOGIES Perth Institute of Contemporary Art 30 July- 4 September 2016 – Somatic Drifts body of work including live experience 2-6 August, accumulative 3 channel video installation, concrete poetry and limited edition scent.

THE ART OF PAIN, Bob Hawke Centre, Kerry Packer Gallery, Adelaide, 20 -31 July 2015 – soft opening of Somatic Drifts live experience and installation whilst in development.

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Pain Adelaide and the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) present The Art of Pain, an exhibition, keynote lecture and panel discussions about the experience of chronic pain.

In the context of The Art of Pain, Somatic Drifts weaves compelling ideas between our experience and capacity for empathy and the alleviation of pain.

Exhibition group show with George Khut, Eugenie Lee and Cat Jones.

Symposium presented by Pain Adelaide SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE can be found here

Podcast Radio National Life Matters: Art of Pain rendering the invisible visible

Podcast or Vodcast below for Art of Pain: Playing Tricks with the Mind: Illusion and its Affect