Unhallowed Arts Festival, Perth, Australia

WhiteFeather has been invited to be part of the exhibition, This Mess We’re In, curated by Tarsh Bates, as part of the Unhallowed Arts Festival taking place throughout Perth in October 2018.

this mess we're in

Unhallowed Arts is a collection of art events—a monstrosity—occurring in Perth, Western Australia throughout September and October 2018. Unhallowed Arts is timed to celebrate the bicentenary of Mary (Godwin) Shelley’s Frankenstein and features exhibitions that explore the book’s influence on contemporary life and culture.


13 October–2 November 2018
Old Customs House, Fremantle, WA
Curated by Tarsh Bates

“This Mess We’re In”  is an art exhibition that entangles queer feminist ecologies with Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s seminal exploration of life creation and re-formation.

The exhibition presents 24 experimental artworks by first nations, national and international artists and forms a unique ecology of queer feminist perspectives on Shelley’s legacy. The artworks emerge from art/science practices that explore the relationships between life and technology, emerging, resisting, reforming and responding to the political, ethical and material implications of manipulating life. The exhibition expresses untold legacies of Frankenstein, creatures that emerge from and escape the creation and control of life. It draws on the themes of fragmentation, emergence, reproduction and ethics that are the cornerstone of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Given that Frankenstein was written by the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, its 200th anniversary is particularly relevant to draw together feminist explorations of the legacy of Frankenstein.

The artworks explore the diversity and complexity of life, escaping individualism and undermining utilitarianism. They reveal the messiness of life and technology, our mess-mates and the messes we are in because of our manipulations.

This event is presented by SymbioticA, The Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, at the University of Western Australia.

More information here.

Visit the exhibition website, here.

Download the Unhallowed Arts festival program here.

Press: Beautiful and bizarre, Seesaw Magazine

Messy moments, The West Australian

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