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We Contain

Madeleine Flynn &
Tim Humphrey,
with Live Umbrella

Presented in Season 2 2018

Refuge 2018: Pandemic
Audio video work

1pm – 7pm, Thurs 30 Aug
1pm – 7pm, Fri 31 Aug
11am – 4pm, Sat 1 Sep


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

Wheelchair accessible
Audio Description and Auslan Interpreters available in the building throughout the day- (various artworks and activities)
11am–4pm, Sat 1 Sep


An audio exit poll that traces our dead, and their societies, and give us clues to the risk of the next anthropogenic disaster. An interdisciplinary sound work by artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, developed with Live Umbrella, Finland, We Contain Multitudes asks the unreliable oracle of cloud-space to mediate between remembrance and forgetting; between noisy narratives and the silent infrastructure of disease control; between viruses, bacteria and the intersectional phages. A citizen survey canvasses who is grievable, who receives the vaccine, and how greater inclusivity can inform our future risks.

Supported by – We Contain Multitudes has been developed through a residency at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, and the Melbourne General Cemetery, through the Southern Metro Cemeteries Trust; and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Kone Foundation; the Arts Promotion Centre Finland; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Sarah Walker