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Shell Game

Martyn Coutts

Presented in Season 1 2018

Presented by Arts House for Festival of Live Art

10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, Tue 13 Mar
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, Wed 14 Mar
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, Thu 15 Mar
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, Fri 16 Mar
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, Tue 20 Mar
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, Wed 21 Mar
45 mins
$20 / $15

With location provided at booking.

Involves walking in the city – please wear appropriate shoes and clothing


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Wheelchair Accessible

An intimate artwork for one audience member, Shell Game places you at the nexus of the Spratly Islands, a geopolitical flashpoint where international shipping, mango exports and the odd K-pop star have all been caught up in the maelstrom. A barren assortment of rocks, shoals, cays and reefs in the South China Sea, these 100-odd islands have received little attention to date – but now several countries with overlapping territorial claims are realising their strategic importance. Using tarot-like cards to represent each island, participant and artist together explore and predict possible futures for the disputed archipelago. Along the way, you’ll traverse personal territories, public spaces, and geopolitical zones alike.

A personal model for divining the future, Shell Game is for those who seek safety and surety in an uncertain world.

Martyn Coutts
Jason Maling
Ella Sutherland

Supported by – the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Ongoing touring has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Acknowledgement– Shell Game’s premiere season was commissioned by Field Theory as part of Site is Set 2017
Image by – Bryony Jackson

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