#1 Livin’ in the Country
Country kids Monty, Regan, Tilly and Alec give city kids Lola, Finn and Venu (from Season 1) a first hand experience of what it’s like growing up in the rural community of Jugiong, a small village in New South Wales. They quickly discover life without WiFi and that country kids don’t eat koalas but get up to crazy antics in their spare time.

#2 What is Wired Open Day?
The gang visit Sarah Last at The Wired Lab, that produces Wired Open Day a festival that takes place on a working beef farm, discuss is art more important than agriculture and meet Melbourne painter Terry Taylor.

#3 Interview with Chris Watson
The kids interview renowned musician and sound recordist Chris Watson. Chris was a founding member of influential 80’s post punk music group Cabaret Voltaire, regularly collaborates with David Attenborough as a wildlife recordist and has released many experimental musical recordings focusing on natural history.

#4 Kids Vs Onstage Dating by Bron Batten with Special Guest Councilor Leigh Bowden.
Onstage dating is a show where a member of the audience is selected to go on a date with performer Bron Batten. They share intimacies and reveal secrets live in front of an audience jammed under a marquee on the Wired Lab farm. The kids are joined by special guest Leigh Bowden who is a councilor at the Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council and has performed as the Gypsy Queen in the pantomime “Jack and Jill”.

#5 Kids Vs Insecta Delecta by Cat Jones with Special Guest Charlie Arnott
The kids are challenged to explore an art restaurant that serves delightfully prepared edible insects. Insecta Delecta humorously challenges western eating habits interrogating an insectivorous farming future to feed a growing global population. This scrumptious feast creates a commentary around the industrialised food industry in the hope of more sustainable culinary future. The kids are joined by Special Guest Charlie Arnott, an organic beef farmer and member of the famed Arnott’s Biscuits family empire.

#6 Kids Vs Beggan Beggan by The Ronalds, Sarah Last and Dave Burraston with Special Guest Peter Beath
The kids review the visual and audio installation Beggan Beggan where forensic photographic techniques are used to recreate a scale version of the heritage listed shearing shed on Beggan Beggan station in an empty paddock on the Wired Lab farm. It’s a bit like experiencing a virtual reality version of an old school shearing shed. The Kids are joined by Peter Beath who is a local Wiradjuri man and facilitator for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.

#7 Kids Vs DARKbody by Julie Vulcan with Special guest Steve mMyhew Leigh Bowden.
The kids explore DARKbody a site based installation and audio work that investigates the reality of darkness being integral to all forms of life, with humans sandwiched between literal darkness above and beneath us. The kids are joined by director, dramaturg, writer and creative producer Steve Mayhew from Adelaide, South Australia.

Kids Vs Art: Wired Open Day 2017

This time we're going to the country!

Kids Vs Art is a podcast series created by Field Theory involving 8 children aged between 6 and 13 years who learn about and critique contemporary art. Kids Vs Art cunningly disrupts our assumptions and pushes the boundaries between artist and audience, expert and critic. How do children perceive contemporary art and what new perspectives can they bring to it?

In Season 2 country kids Monty, Regan, Tilly and Alec give city kids Lola, Finn and Venu (from Season 1) a first hand experience of what it’s like growing up in the rural community of Jugiong, a small village in New South Wales. The kids combine forces to discuss art, culture, interview artists and review performances part of the 2017 Wired Open Day festival and its associated ‘agri(culture)’ project.

A podcast series by Field Theory
Commissioned by Sarah Last, Artistic Director, The Wired Lab for ‘the agri(culture) project’

Featuring Lola, Finn, Venu, Monty, Tilly, Regan, Alec and Sandy

Director Jackson Castiglione
Dramaturge Jason Maling
Sound Editing Camilla Hannan
The Wired Lab Producer Anna Schoo
Production Manager Olivia Bishop
Composition by Robert Jordan

Presented By The Wired Lab
Book Tickets to The Wired Lab Open Day

Season 1 of Kids Vs Art can be found here.

Originally commissioned by the City of Melbourne through Arts House in association with Melbourne Fringe.

Saturday 21st October - Sunday 31st December 2017

 

 

#1 Livin’ in the Country
Country kids Monty, Regan, Tilly and Alec give city kids Lola, Finn and Venu (from Season 1) a first hand experience of what it’s like growing up in the rural community of Jugiong, a small village in New South Wales. They quickly discover life without WiFi and that country kids don’t eat koalas but get up to crazy antics in their spare time.

#2 What is Wired Open Day?
The gang visit Sarah Last at The Wired Lab, that produces Wired Open Day a festival that takes place on a working beef farm, discuss is art more important than agriculture and meet Melbourne painter Terry Taylor.

#3 Interview with Chris Watson
The kids interview renowned musician and sound recordist Chris Watson. Chris was a founding member of influential 80’s post punk music group Cabaret Voltaire, regularly collaborates with David Attenborough as a wildlife recordist and has released many experimental musical recordings focusing on natural history.

#4 Kids Vs Onstage Dating by Bron Batten with Special Guest Councilor Leigh Bowden.
Onstage dating is a show where a member of the audience is selected to go on a date with performer Bron Batten. They share intimacies and reveal secrets live in front of an audience jammed under a marquee on the Wired Lab farm. The kids are joined by special guest Leigh Bowden who is a councilor at the Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council and has performed as the Gypsy Queen in the pantomime “Jack and Jill”.

#5 Kids Vs Insecta Delecta by Cat Jones with Special Guest Charlie Arnott
The kids are challenged to explore an art restaurant that serves delightfully prepared edible insects. Insecta Delecta humorously challenges western eating habits interrogating an insectivorous farming future to feed a growing global population. This scrumptious feast creates a commentary around the industrialised food industry in the hope of more sustainable culinary future. The kids are joined by Special Guest Charlie Arnott, an organic beef farmer and member of the famed Arnott’s Biscuits family empire.

#6 Kids Vs Beggan Beggan by The Ronalds, Sarah Last and Dave Burraston with Special Guest Peter Beath
The kids review the visual and audio installation Beggan Beggan where forensic photographic techniques are used to recreate a scale version of the heritage listed shearing shed on Beggan Beggan station in an empty paddock on the Wired Lab farm. It’s a bit like experiencing a virtual reality version of an old school shearing shed. The Kids are joined by Peter Beath who is a local Wiradjuri man and facilitator for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.

#7 Kids Vs DARKbody by Julie Vulcan with Special guest Steve mMyhew Leigh Bowden.
The kids explore DARKbody a site based installation and audio work that investigates the reality of darkness being integral to all forms of life, with humans sandwiched between literal darkness above and beneath us. The kids are joined by director, dramaturg, writer and creative producer Steve Mayhew from Adelaide, South Australia.