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Bonnie Hart

Presented in Season 1 2019

Presented by Arts House and Midsumma Festival

Sat 2 Feb, 3pm
180 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


Please note, due to some changes to the set up of the installation this is no longer wheelchair accessible (pathways have reduced to 0.8m).

The familiar whirr of film projectors sets the sound stage for an industrial manifesto on the economic value of labour and the clinical experimentation of beauty. Artist, film maker and intersex human rights activist Bonnie Hart becomes the ‘guinea pig’ in her own experiment in the durational performance and cinema installation HR.

With her body wrapped in plastic, Hart rides an exercise bike for three hours. As she cycles, projectors in the corners of the room are triggered with motion sensors by the audience. Throughout the performance she will harvest sweat in the same way tears are induced in rabbits during laboratory testing for beauty and sports products



This event is part of BODY, a new major project from Arts House in partnership with Midsumma Festival amplifying the voices of trans, gender diverse and intersex peoples.

Supported by – BODY is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Besen Family Foundation.