The Chicken Stampede

In 2009-10, in an absurd and fantastical attempt at emphasising the sterility of contemporary culture, George Egerton-Warburton endeavoured to organise a stampede of 500 chickens down Smith Street, Collingwood.

Art Exhibition previously on at 2010 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 13 May 2010 to Sunday 30 May 2010
Launch Wednesday 12 May 2010, 6:00PM

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Published by 2010 Next Wave Festival on Tuesday 20 April 2010.
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There, a surplus of food donated by local restaurants was to be made available to the gaggle of excited poultry, before they were carefully mustered into the backyard of Next Wave Festival director, Jeff Khan, to fertilise it for the upcoming gardening season. At the conclusion of the stampede, the chickens were to be given away to members of the public, to take home and care for, in the interest of self-sufficiency.

The Chicken Stampede is a performance, exhibition and artist book that unfolds the ideas and processes behind this visionary and ambitious project. Each of the project’s elements reveal how, despite encountering much resistance towards his idea, Egerton-Warburton maintains that it is at once shocking, completely reasonable, and very necessary that we should see these chickens on our streets.

Supporters: Department of Community and the Arts – Western Australia, AUstralia Council for the Arts, Lamington Drive

Lamington Drive
89 George Street, Fitzroy
Duration: Open until 6pm. Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Price: Free