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Sarah Jane Pell

How to... Survive on the Moon!

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House & Melbourne Festival

11am, Sun 8 Oct
120 mins


Arts House
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Your ticket to Sarah Jane Pell includes the Survival Skills of three more artists!

Sarah Jane Pell (How to… Survive on the Moon!)
Welcome.  You are now the guest of a space-art crew originally scheduled to dock with a Qantas Earth-return vehicle on the lighted surface of the moon. However, due to Lunar-Google WiFi connectivity difficulties, your vehicle was forced to land deep in North Melbourne Crater: some 200 kilometres from the rendezvous point. During manual re-entry and landing, much of the equipment aboard was damaged. Your host @artistastronaut knows the drill and leads the way, but needs your help. Your survival depends on reaching the rendezvous point, signalling the mother ship and transferring frequent flyer rewards to 3D-print a shelter at SpaceBnB terminus until rescue arrives.

And then you’ll get some top tips from …

Malcolm Whittaker (How to… Push Your Luck (and Get Away with It))
Andy Warhol once said: “Art is what you can get away with”. Philosopher Arthur Danto expressed similar sentiments in defining what art is, basically: It is art because someone says it is art. Artists have been pushing their luck and getting away with it for years, in both their projects and all manner of personal and working relationships. Could the pushing of luck be a vital skill for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, where somehow “getting away with it” will be most necessary?  Join Malcolm Whittaker and find out.

Matt Wicking (How to… Master Your Melancholy and Deal with Despair)
Hurry. We don’t have long. Can you hear the drums? Can you hear the distant guns? We are not safe. Yes, you are powerful. But you are not a God. Nor are you the point and purpose of life on this planet. Collectively, we are pulling the rug from beneath ourselves. How can we live well with that knowledge? How can we hold the weight of this moment and still move lightly forward? This is one set of survival skills you won’t want to be without; emotional buoyancy for the Titanic times to come. Grasp it while you can.

Peta Murray (How to… Die with Grace)
Dying is a social act. Doctors die differently than the rest of us; usually with less intervention and often in the comfort of their own homes. For the rest of us mortals, the end is seldom so serene. Fewer than 5% of Australians make any kind of preparation for our dying days. Our wills are unwritten, and our send-off plans unshared. In this presentation we will sit vigil and consider what we most value and what we might wish for as a life ends. In collaboration with Jane Murphy and Rachel Burke.


David Wood (How to… Run)
After the bullets, power and water have run out, it will still be possible to win fights by 100 metres.  Running is a one legged activity that involves flying.  Everyone can fly. The speed at which you do so is possible to control through delicate attention to a combination of attainable attributes: range of motion, form and force applied to the ground.  David Woods will teach you to soar and attain “The God Moment;” a liminal state of bliss between intra-personal energy systems while running.