Survival Session #1

Sat 8th July  12pm – 2pm

The Basics: Food & Water

Is a windowless art gallery covered with one inch steel plates really the safest place to survive the apocalypse? Join Field Theory, members of the prepping community and  professional permaculturists from CERES as they assess the fundamental practicalities of surviving in and around ACCA. We’ll do a stock take, try to eat locally sourced weeds and consider whether a group of artists really have what it takes to make it through.


Survival Session #2

Sat 22nd July  12 – 2pm  

Shelter, Safety and Security

Jacko did a bit of wrestling at school and Martyn once threw rocks at cars from the roof of his house but do these classify as real skills? This week is all about being safe and assessing potential threats. Joined by an ex military survivalist, Field Theory will map the exits, secure the perimeter and discuss features of his ‘bugout’ armoured Humvee. Field Theory will also take lessons in how to weave a hat from grass and turn a fleece into wool with members of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria.


Survival Session #3

Sat August 5th 12 – 2pm

Communication and Organisation

Being stuck in your compound is a drag, especially if pictionary isn’t your thing, but not knowing what’s going on outside is worse. This week Field Theory will be asking, is anybody out there? We’ll be talking to the Western and Northern Suburbs Amateur Radio Club about tuning in after a disaster and why mobile phones are looked down on by the Ham Radio community. We’ll also be joined by members of the Melbourne Anarchist Club who will help us imagine ways society could be reconstructed.


Survival Session #4

Sat 19th August 12 – 2pm

Dealing with the Unexpected

On June 26th, 2017, Hacker Group Anonymous made a video claiming NASA has found evidence of extraterrestrial life. During Survival Session #4 Field Theory will be joined by members of VUFOA (Victorian UFO Action) and AusTrek (Melbourne based Star Trek club) to discuss how can we tell if aliens will be friendly or hostile, is there hope to coexist with an alien race and test whether Martyn’s Star Trek knowledge is up to date.


Survival Session #5

Sat Sept 2nd 12 – 2pm

Psychology, Philosophy and the Future

Life in the ACCA bunker has taken it’s toll, Lara has worked her way through the Twilight series for the fourth time and Jacko has stopped communicating, he now spends his days constructing unusable lamp shades from old parachutes. There’s got to be more to life than this. Field Theory poses the big questions with members of the The Last Book Club on Earth, a Philosopher, a prepping researcher and a Psychologist specialising in Trauma.


Survival Session #6

Sat 16th Sept 11 – 2pm

Getting out and about and how to make the most of what you have.

Food is running low, the roads are clogged with the undead and everyone is grossly unfit from months of debating a non-hierarchical power sharing management structure. So how can we move around and make the most of what we have left? Field Theory invites you to brush up on your abseiling skills with the Victorian Climbing Club and learn how to make a meal from leftover food scraps with Food Not Bombs.

Final Visions – Bunker

ACCA

Final Visions – Bunker

Field Theory are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best, and when it all goes down they want to be ready. Treating ACCA as an inner city survival bunker, the collective stocked and skilled up for the duration of the Greater Together Exhibition. A section of the gallery was converted into a Melbourne-centric survivalist storeroom and every second Saturday Field Theory hosted a program of live interviews and workshops with a selection of Melbourne’s special interest clubs. They asked groups like the Anarchist club, Oz Preppers, the Yarn Spinners,  the Foragers and the Anarchists, what’s going to happen, what do we need, and are we really Greater Together?

In a time of major geopolitical change where anxiety pervades many dimensions of our lives, we saw hope in the diverse array of associations and societies that continue to function as social glue. They are rich sources of exchange where passions are explored, skills developed and important questions are raised.

Greater Together at ACCA was curated by Annika Kristensen.


Wednesday 19th July - Sunday 17th September 2017

Survival Session #1

Sat 8th July  12pm – 2pm

The Basics: Food & Water

Is a windowless art gallery covered with one inch steel plates really the safest place to survive the apocalypse? Join Field Theory, members of the prepping community and  professional permaculturists from CERES as they assess the fundamental practicalities of surviving in and around ACCA. We’ll do a stock take, try to eat locally sourced weeds and consider whether a group of artists really have what it takes to make it through.


Survival Session #2

Sat 22nd July  12 – 2pm  

Shelter, Safety and Security

Jacko did a bit of wrestling at school and Martyn once threw rocks at cars from the roof of his house but do these classify as real skills? This week is all about being safe and assessing potential threats. Joined by an ex military survivalist, Field Theory will map the exits, secure the perimeter and discuss features of his ‘bugout’ armoured Humvee. Field Theory will also take lessons in how to weave a hat from grass and turn a fleece into wool with members of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria.


Survival Session #3

Sat August 5th 12 – 2pm

Communication and Organisation

Being stuck in your compound is a drag, especially if pictionary isn’t your thing, but not knowing what’s going on outside is worse. This week Field Theory will be asking, is anybody out there? We’ll be talking to the Western and Northern Suburbs Amateur Radio Club about tuning in after a disaster and why mobile phones are looked down on by the Ham Radio community. We’ll also be joined by members of the Melbourne Anarchist Club who will help us imagine ways society could be reconstructed.


Survival Session #4

Sat 19th August 12 – 2pm

Dealing with the Unexpected

On June 26th, 2017, Hacker Group Anonymous made a video claiming NASA has found evidence of extraterrestrial life. During Survival Session #4 Field Theory will be joined by members of VUFOA (Victorian UFO Action) and AusTrek (Melbourne based Star Trek club) to discuss how can we tell if aliens will be friendly or hostile, is there hope to coexist with an alien race and test whether Martyn’s Star Trek knowledge is up to date.


Survival Session #5

Sat Sept 2nd 12 – 2pm

Psychology, Philosophy and the Future

Life in the ACCA bunker has taken it’s toll, Lara has worked her way through the Twilight series for the fourth time and Jacko has stopped communicating, he now spends his days constructing unusable lamp shades from old parachutes. There’s got to be more to life than this. Field Theory poses the big questions with members of the The Last Book Club on Earth, a Philosopher, a prepping researcher and a Psychologist specialising in Trauma.


Survival Session #6

Sat 16th Sept 11 – 2pm

Getting out and about and how to make the most of what you have.

Food is running low, the roads are clogged with the undead and everyone is grossly unfit from months of debating a non-hierarchical power sharing management structure. So how can we move around and make the most of what we have left? Field Theory invites you to brush up on your abseiling skills with the Victorian Climbing Club and learn how to make a meal from leftover food scraps with Food Not Bombs.

Field Theory, in association with Aphids present Final Visions – Bunker. This project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Annual Grants Program. Food donated by Foodbank Victoria, the leading provider of food relief during and after an emergency. Foodbank also feeds 135,000 struggling Victorians via 450 charity partners each month.