What's On

Mulch Underground

Lichen Kelp, Dylan Martorell, Jason Hood and Benjamin Hancock

Presented in Season 2 2021

Presented by Arts House

World Premiere
with SINK

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

Moments of loud music and dry ice effects.


disability access symbol wheelchair black

Wheelchair accessible.

Due to current circumstances, Arts House’s presentation of Mulch Underground on Friday 16 July and Saturday 17 July has been cancelled.

Ticket holders to performances between these dates will be contacted directly regarding a full refund.

For further information or enquiries, please contact Arts House on 03 9322 3720.

Let your roots dig deep into the fertile sensory soil of Mulch Underground, the bar and performance venue for rainbow molluscs, plant lovers and off-duty flora.

Following the heady thrills of SINK upstairs, come below for a subterranean afterparty where you will bear witness to plants on a rare night out as they sprout, propagate and spawn amidst a multi-sensorial performance by Kelping.

This immersive and hands-on installation lets you cross-pollinate with other organisms in the lower depths of Arts House. Experience the sounds of photosynthesizers, flower choirs and playable frozen compost sculptures as performers unfurl and push towards the surface. Lift yourself out of deep hibernation for a night of planning the mycorrhizal revolution over drinks on the dancefloor. Dress in florals, come in your gardening clothes or just wear something plain dirty.

Concept by Lichen Kelp. Installation by Lichen Kelp and Dylan Martorell.

Performance by Kelping (Dancer: Benjamin Hancock, Performance Artist: Jason Hood, Performance Chemistry: Lichen Kelp, Sound and Video: Dylan Martorell).


About Kelping

Kelping are a collaborative extension of Lichen Kelp's performance chemistry practice. Their shows combine Lichen’s electronic ikebana and interactive ice sculptures with Dylan Martorell’s immersive soundscapes and seminal costumes, and dance and movement by Benjamin Hancock and Jason Hood.

Lichen also co-curates for FLOAT and School of Untourism in East Gippsland and the travelling art residency program Forum of Sensory Motion. She is currently doing a three-month residency at Siteworks for Moreland’s Community Creator program with the Seaweed Appreciation Society international (SASi) which she founded in 2019.

Jason Hood is known for his unexpected costumes that he's created for his solo cabaret performances as Gayson Famous as well as a guest for Hi-God people and now Kelping.

Benjamin Hancock is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist. Benjamin often inhabits fantastical dispositions that invite audiences to embrace parallel masculinities and femininities.

Dylan Martorell's music-based practice encompasses community-based installation work, hand-made instruments, percussive robotics and music scores. He is a founding member of the Slow Art Collective, Snawklor and Hi God People.

Artist Credits

Dancer - Benjamin Hancock
Performer - Jason Hood
Producer, Performer, Installation artist - Lichen Kelp
Producer, Musician, Installation Artist, Video work - Dylan Martorell

Supported by –