Creative Spaces LAB-14 Residency 2

6 May 2017 - 31 August 2017

About Rachel Perks and Bridget Balodis

Rachel Perks trained at the VCA and has worked collaboratively with Elbow Room, Daniel Schlusser, Sandpit and Andrew Schneider. Bridget Balodis trained as a director at the VCA. She is interested in new Australian writing and has developed new work with playwrights Emilie Collyer, David Finningan, Dan Giovannoni, Amelia Evans and Morgan Rose.

Together Rachel and Bridget make formatively challenging work that explores feminisms through the lens of speculative fiction. Their first work 'ANGRY SEXX' at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2014 was nominated for two Green Room awards and won the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award. Their second work 'GROUND CONTROL' premiered at Next Wave 2016 and toured to Brisbane festival that year. 'MORAL PANIC' will be their third work together and will complete their trilogy investigating system collapse and speculative genres.

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

Bridget and Rachel are keen to be housed amongst some of Australia's most exciting researchers and thinkers. Their work is deeply engaged in the real world as well as the speculative, and the diverse mix of pursuits at LAB-14 suits them well. Their arts practice is deeply concerned with climate change and sustainability and they are keen to learn from those working around them. They both live in Melbourne's inner north and will thoroughly benefit from having a dedicated space nearby over a long period of development. Such a sustained practice will help them interrogate their subject matter and their processes in new and exciting ways.