MEDICAMENT FOR YOUR PREDICAMENT

“Focused…tender…rare…your work has a unique ability to connect us with ourselves and humanity.” Participant, Adhocracy

Such a beautiful experience…[we] loved it, such heart and warmth and sharing – it was a tonic in itself.” Participant, Liveworks

Part apothecary, part apothegmy, Medicament For Your Predicament, is a reflective, sensory workshop and feminist formulary that compounds political pharmacopeias. Ointments and salves, tonics, gargles and powders to soothe our soluble and insoluble bodies.

Drawing together her botanic, sensory and social practices, Jones invites participants to join these hands on kitchen/garden/lab conversations and contribute further to her ongoing research around medicine + feminist futures.

From antidotes to ire, diuretics for disillusionment and cures for capitalism, Medicament For Your Predicament gently applies a drawing ointment to modern maladies and creates recipes for transformation.

This flexible artwork comprises OPEN LAB! a sensory workshop to reflect on matters close to the heart, for participants to formulate and compound their own pharmacopeias, and OPEN PHARMACY! an installation come subversive dispensary showcasing medicaments and prescriptions created in OPEN LAB! offering quick and dirty prescriptions, bespoke merchandise, and serving up medicinal beverages and the effervescent power of conversation.

PREMIERE

Liveworks, Sydney 21-25 October 2020! See Performance Space.

With guest artists Rebecca Conroy (live), Ollie Black (online), Neil Simpson (lighting), Tessa Zettel (install).

DEVELOPED AT

METRO ARTS at Hope Street, Brisbane, QLD, December 2019.

ADHOCRACY, VITALSTATISTIX, Port Adelaide, SA, September 2019. Curated by Emma Webb, Paul Gazzola, Hen Vaughan, Jamila Main, Thom Smyth.

BLAST THEORY, Brighton, UK, May 2019

This project is supported by Performance Space, City of Sydney, the federal government through the Australia Council for the Arts, pvi collective and Blast Theory through a program instigated by Sophie Travers; City of Sydney, Vitalstatistix and Metro Arts on Hope Street. Conceived with support from the state government of New South Wales through a Create NSW Performing Arts and Music Fellowship.

Special thanks to provocateurs Ju Row Farr, Maja Kuzmanovic and to Lois Weaver for sharing their own unique formulas, recipes and action ingredients and to Ashley Dowell and Peter Mouatt Southern Cross University. Thanks to Helen Jones in Brisbane, Françoise Piron, Ollie Black, Georgie Davill, Emma O’Neill, Isobel Moore, Gemma Hansen and Jess Martin in Adelaide; Clare Plumley, Dan Lamont and Yin Wai Wong, Brighton.