10 Years 10 Artists with 110%

April 12, 2017

This year Underbelly Arts turns 10! To celebrate we’ve chatted to 10 bold voices from Underbelly Arts’ past about their projects back in the day, where they are now and what they are working on into the future.

This week we digitally sat down for a chat with 110%

For Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival in 2015, 110% brought Holiday Feelings to Cockatoo Island. In this interactive installation and performance their labour was your leisure, and your leisure was their pleasure as their ‘Oasis Attendants’ catered to all your relaxation needs. No strangers to Underbelly Arts, 110% were also a part of UA13, presenting a 2-day endurance performance investigating the impact of positive thinking and competitive behaviours of artistic production and the conduct of everyday life.

Where are you right now?


Geneva / Paris / Sydney


We may be separated by oceans and continents but we will never be separated in our hearts.


What did you do at Underbelly Arts?
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What was the best thing about that experience?


Underbelly Arts 2013 was the first time we had directed shared interests and discussions of our friendship into a collaborative experiment. We had the chance to create large scale and present to a large diverse audience. We’ve been making work together ever since.


What is your process for making art? 


Since late 2013, the three of us have been moving around quite a bit, living and working overseas, following different rhythms of study, monetary employment and travel. Our working process reflects this reality. We keep in touch and share ideas for new work over skype sessions, emails and a never ending IM chain. When we’re working via long distance we split the production into different roles according to the logistics of the project and our skills. Often one of us will take over video edits, others will focus on installation elements and materials, and then we all try and share the more tedious administrative tasks. We try to program exhibitions and performances for times when we are together in the same city. In these periods, amongst the stress of presenting work, we take time to reconnect over group meals and drinking sessions, sharing group hugs and giggles.


Where do you get inspiration? 


Mostly our work is site-responsive. We consider the site in which we are presenting our work, the institution involved, the typical processes of art making involved, and interpret the ways in which people interact with each other, the visual structures and the cultural frameworks present.


What’s been your most embarrassing art moment?


Giggle girls toilet party


If your art could talk what would it say?


It would smile first, talk later.


What do you have coming up?


Come to Campbelltown Arts Centre on the 26 of May and find out! 😉


Whats special about Underbelly Arts?


Underbelly Arts gives the chance for unknown emerging artists to be given an invaluable platform based on the merit of their proposal rather than a CV, 110% didn’t even exist before Underbelly ’13, it was our first project.

The lab program particularly was really special to us in the development of our works. It’s a period where you get to produce the work in situ whilst getting feedback from members of the public and selected mentors. In this period, you get to know the Underbelly behind the scenes team, meet the other artists in the festival, and get to see their work coming together as well. This sense of community lingers after the festival, and helps to soften the post project blues.


What tips / advice do you have for emerging artists? 


Be balanced; do as much as you can, collaborate with friends, don’t be afraid to take risks or wander down an artistic path you never really planned to be on (you might like where it leads). However, it’s important to try and do all of this without burning out.

Believe in the power of good scheduling. Whether that be clearing blocks of time to make work, sitting down to suffer through admin, or making wellness and fun a priority.

Don’t isolate yourself in the studio, sweating on the development of your practice, waiting to be discovered. Find strength and confidence in the community around you, connect with your local artist run spaces, support each other by talking about your ideas and turning up to each other’s shows. It’s also fine to say no to an offer every once in a while. ‘Experience’ doesn’t pay the bills and you shouldn’t feel guilty for taking time out to go to the beach with friends 🙂


Thanks 110%!