Created by the Restaged Histories project and guest collaborators, YOUTHvsPHYSICS is a series of science experiments that attempt to disprove heroism.

Art Exhibition previously on at 2010 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 19 May 2010 to Sunday 23 May 2010

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Published by 2010 Next Wave Festival on Wednesday 21 April 2010.
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“Our common instinct for reality… has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism.” – Ernest Becker

“We created it. Let’s take it over.” – Patti Smith

Three performers, live video and 1970’s bluescreen are used along with three test subjects: the mythical Icarus, pop-cultural icon Superman and a fictional Soviet cosmonaut named Omon. These test subjects form a triptych of young men whose attempts to fly have all been thwarted by science and/or age. YOUTHvsPHYSICS examines each character’s anachronistic position in a contemporary world uneasy with the term “hero”, becoming part-physics class, part-stunt show and part-rock concert. The Restaged Histories project is a Brisbane-based company making their Melbourne debut as part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival. They are currently artists-in-residence at Brisbane Powerhouse, and have recently been described as “fabulous liars in a mundane world” (Real Time #91), which they take as a compliment.

Through ink, paper, space and light, I imagine another, young, like me, defying the tyranny of physics, overcoming the terror of death. I may dream my own terror as his, and his actions mine. Through ink, paper, space and light, I may incite this dream in others – and, so, risk preparing the ground, again, to drink young blood.

Presented by the Restage Histories Project.

Supporters: The Restaged Histories project, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, MAPS for Artists, Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia Council for the Arts, Open Channel, City of Melbourne, Rawcus

Commissioned and developed by Next Wave through Kickstart 2009.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

The Restaged Histories project is supported by MAPS for Artists, a management and producing partnership between Brisbane Powerhouse and Metro Arts.

See website for performance dates and times, and to book tickets.

Shed 4, North Wharf Road, Victoria Harbour, Melbourne Docklands
Just past the west end of Bourke Street. Parking available.
Duration: 60 minutes