Author Archives: Sam Fox

Producing with Comrades

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Sam Fox

While the company is hibernating in cryostat, director Sam Fox is working as a producer with Hydra collaborative alumni on some incredible projects. Earlier this year Sam came on board as producer with Ololo artists Steve Berrick and Steven Buckles to bring their interactive and robo-authoritarian Polololice to Dark Mofo. In 2019 he is working with long time collaborator Rachel Arianne Ogle on a return season of her acclaimed Precipice and assisting with a soon-to-be-announced world premiere of new work.

Cryogenic Downtime

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Sam Fox

Hydra Poesis is currently in creative stasis—not dead, but resting incredibly deeply. Ideas are being pursued in other spaces, forms and collaborations. Expect this sleeping body to awaken, on or around March 6, 2019.

A studio’s end

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Sam Fox

We said goodbye to our home for 10 years. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts Studios was a hub for independent arts practice and experimentation and Hydra Poesis was a founding resident company throughout its journey. Our massive thanks to pvi collective for their work leading the building and to all the peers who made it fantastically unwieldy, esoteric, generous and regularly febrile in its productive energies.

Digital Dialogues – broadcast channel

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Sam Fox


Over the last 18 months Hydra Poesis has hosted artists exploring what the internet means for performance for them. In partnership with DADAA inc (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia) a massive range of experimental broadcasts, artworks, performances and documents were created. The project has wrapped for now but new iterations of the partnership are in the pipeline.

Didactic Tools Workshop Symposium + Exhibition

Posted on October 9, 2015 by Sam Fox


Didactic Tools opens in November and kicks off with a workshop Symposium for peers working in knowledge and cultural practices who want to participate in peer-to-peer exchange, explore open source practices and non-hierarchical methodologies of cultural production.

Below is information on the exhibition but head OVER HERE for info on the Workshop Symposium and to RSVP by taking our 10 minute online learning module.

Sam Fox, Allison Wyper and Terrance Houle’s collaborative work and creative methodology Sibling Rivers is featured in this years Emergency Index: An Annual Document of Performance Practice, Vol 4.

Emergency Index can be ordered here: http://www.uglyducklingpresse.org/catalog/browse/item/?pubID=512

Massive thanks to Allison for collating documentation and writing together.

Hydra Poesis and DADAA inc have partnered in a 40 week collaboration during 2015 supporting artists with intellectual disabilities to make performance and digital art for internet audiences.

With producing and on-hands support from DADAA’s Simone Flavelle and Zoe Martyn, the project is using Hydra’s reconfigured multi-camera web broadcast studio (Production Hall) and working with both Hydra artists (Sam Fox, Laura Boynes, Sete Tele) and peers within the broader CIA Studios network.

Improvised Meteor

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Dual screen video work by Sam Fox as part of Miik Green’s collaborative exchange work for ‘POET BLOOD / ARTIST SWEAT’: featuring Storm Helmore, Robert Bell, Niharika Senapati and Harrison Elliot.

Improvised Meteor is a 4 faced stage, a performance of watching, an altar of cinema. The work is driven by a video score invisible to the work’s recording lens.

Version 1.0

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Sam Fox

first version of the multi-purpose studio, up and running…


Posted on February 20, 2015 by Sam Fox

the Hydra Poesis studio is drastically reorganising its innards. Once the metamorphosis is complete the studio will emerge as a live broadcast space for internet performance, featuring residencies in partnership with DADAA inc, associate artists Sete Tele and Laura Boynes, and used to create obscure web tutorials for Hydra’s core project Didactic Tools.

Schedule as Structure

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Sam Fox

this is the luridly coloured schedule used for Didactic Tools lab & peer workshop at CIA Studios. It was intense and did deviate at times, but all in all, the schedule gave us a backbone to spiral out from and return to.

The Didactic Tools laboratory brought artists Keg de Souza, Jake Oorloff, Tarsh Bates, Kynan Tan and Sam Fox together for an intensive week of research, peer-to-peer tools exchange and experimentation that led to the team running an intensive peer workshop to a greater body of artists. Tables of exchange were set with objects and concepts, physical contact was made, biological material was taken from each other in simultaneous acts, the internet and the limits of our filter/knowledge/art-bubbles were considered.

Collaborative Production

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Sam Fox

In July-August this year Hydra collaborated with DADAA inc and INKUBATOR on ROOM. Long have we been interested in the intersection of independent, contemporary performance and community practice and this project is a very successful example of what’s possible… More to come. Check out some of the trial broadcasts here



Sibling Rivers was performed in Calgary at the MS:T Festival and much thanks goes out to international collaborators Allison Wyper (USA) and Terrance Houle (Canada) and our respective local peers who worked with us including: live performances by Dani Navia and Trey Madsen, plus pre-recorded performance/video/sound contributions from Chris Dirksen, Ella-Rose Trew , Aes Tchiachovsky, Sete Tele, Erika Katrina Barbosa, Rafa Esparza, and Sebastian Hernandez.

Hydra Poesis’ award winning film Liberty In The Dark is getting another playing this week in Hong Kong as part of Nat Cursio’s micro-festival/performance platform Private Dances. It’s a very cool place for our short to play at this moment in time… Hoping it resonates and carries solidarity with it. Follow it here

This week 5 core artists are working on the first research period for the Didactic Tools project. Keg de Souza, Tarsh Bates and Jake Oorloff join Sam Fox and Kynan Tan to research the impact of teaching and learning culture on art, politics and knowledge itself. The artists will then run a 2 day intensive peer workshop at CIA Studios.

Workshop Callout

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Sam Fox

CALLOUT for artist participation in the DIDACTIC TOOLS WORKSHOP

Hydra Poesis and CIA Studios are inviting applications for artists to participate in the DIDACTIC TOOLS workshop – a cross-disciplinary project between five national and international artists investigating knowledge culture in contemporary society.

Join the core group of international and national artists for discussions around knowledge transference, learning and instructional culture, and respond to the concepts through experimentation with original and shared work.

The Problem of Sangfroid* in the Age of Capitalist Decline and Global Warming as Expressed Through a Contemporary Remix of The Musical ‘West Side Story’ that Draws a Direct Link between the Quintessential Nature of American ‘Cool’ with the Melting of Ice Caps and Ecological Breakdown all of which Connects and Comes Together via the Iconic Portrayal of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as The-Coolest-Man-On-Earth that in turn References His Juvenile and Violently Nonchalant Denial of Climate Change. 

Sam Fox (Hydra, Perth), Allison Wyper (Los Angeles) and Terrance Houle (Blood Tribe, Calgary) are in the process of making a new performance of Sibling Rivers for the M:ST - Mountain Standard Time  – performative art festival ( Sept 14, Calgary).

In late 2013 Sam and Allison – and engaging a response from Mariel Caranza (LA) – created a live internet performance for the Hemispheric Institute’s GS1 symposium.

Telepresent performance

Posted on May 10, 2014 by Sam Fox

the photographs above show the heads of PROMPTER’s ‘online chorus’ (Tariro Mavondo and Dickie Beau) upon the bodies of the onstage performers. What was particularly great was that, by using teleprompters, the audience could watch the point of view of the telepresent characters (because the camera shoots through the mirrored face of the mediated performer).

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Sam Fox

PROMPTER grapples with the limits of actions contained in media or the home and even theatres/art spaces themselves, and we come up against the possibilities of art and abstraction. Commentary, exposition, and journalistic reports generally run counter to the basic principles of abstraction artists employ. So we’re putting out reports that go alongside our art – reports by artists about the our local geography/politics/culture.


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PROMPTER is underway at the Arts House Meat Market, North Melbourne. There’s been much media interest, including a feature by ABC Arts Online you can watch below. There’s been a string of great reviews including this one here, and perhaps our most gratifying quote is, ‘Brecht would have been proud of the emotional distancing and invitation to thoughtful engagement delivered to the audience’ by critic Ruth Richter.

Sete Tele

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Sam Fox

Sete is a contemporary dance artist, leading community arts practitioner and puissant aikidoka*

As an artist and teacher, Sete has been a major influence for a number of us here at Hydra Poesis. He has been part of the Prompter online chorus team since 2011 and this year we’ve worked together on Dance Journalism and The Problem of Sangfroid… **.

PROMPTER world premiere at Arts House Melbourne

Posted on July 2, 2013 by Sam Fox

Hydra Poesis’ international theatre project featuring 10 performers, 5 working abroad from the bedrooms of the internet, and a storm of writing, design and technology-become-force-of-nature will premiere August 9-18 at the Arts House Meat Market. Read more here

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