Kelli McCluskey

The revolution needs your participation

TEDxPerth 2017
November 2017

Talk length:

11:03

The revolution needs your participation | Kelli McCluskey | TEDxPerth

Our employers, our governments and the media say they want us to participate, but do they really? Do they want us truly owning the process, or do they really just want us to be pliant? Kelli McCluskey’s funny and disarming talk shows us what fake participation looks like and how we need to demand better, more meaningful involvement in our society. Kelli is an artist and co-founder of tactical media art group pvi collective, based in Perth, Western Australia. Formed in 1998, pvi create playfully subversive and participatory artworks that creatively disrupt everyday life in public spaces.

Kelli McCluskey
Urban Disruptor

Kelli is an artist and co-founder of tactical media art group, pvi collective. Formed in 1998, pvi create playfully subversive and participatory artworks that creatively disrupt everyday life in public spaces. Their work invites direct participation from audiences, not as art consumers, but as creative comrades, cultivating an underground army of critical citizens who are up for the challenge of saving the world through creative play and revolutionary fun.

Kelli is a passionate advocate for live art and experimental practice and its continued growth in this country and is always on the look-out for ways to champion experimental art forms in Australia.

Kelli has mentored a host of emerging practitioners through her work with pvi as well as through state and federal initiatives. She co-founded the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts, a Perth-based incubator space for experimental practice and also co-founded Australia’s first one-on-one performance festival, Proximity Festival which she has been co-curating since 2012.

In 2016 Kelli received the prestigious ‘outstanding achievement in emerging and experimental arts’ award from the Australia council for the arts for her work within the sector. She is based in Perth at pvi’s studios.