Rogue Agents

Holly Childs, Linda Dement, Angela Goh, Mette Hammer Juhl + Lorenzo Tebano, Pablo Jones-Soler, Spence Messih, Bhenji Ra and Victoria Sin.
March 27th – April 1st 2017



Rogue Agents

Rogue Agents is a group project seeking to collectively uncover ideas around figures that can disrupt, subvert and redirect power. From historical and folkloric interpretations of witchcraft to bio-technologies and body hacking, Rogue Agents explores alternative models of being and desiring.

In collaboration with firstdraft, Rogue Agents (fore)cast disruptive new configurations for the codification of our future bodies, seeking agency in new modes of technological shapeshifting. Through image making, textiles production, and live music, Rogue Agents explored transgressive new possibilities for harnessing collective imagination to explore fictional, esoteric and latent modes of self-representation.

Climaxing into full augmentationhow might our subversive exchanges in digital and biomolecular data become weapons in a fight for the production of control, empathy and creativity in the future?

Rogue Agents is a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with Holly Childs, Linda Dement, Angela Goh, Mette Hammer Juhl + Lorenzo Tebano, Pablo Jones-Soler, Spence Messih, Bhenji Ra, and Victoria Sin.

With special thanks to Kuba Dorabialski, Flora Grant, Georgina Gillman, Jana Hawkins-Andersen, Tesha Malott, Jade Muratore and Emily O’Connor.

Rogue Agents Programme:

Rogue Agents Reading Group and Collective Banner Making Workshop

A workshop taking a range of texts as prompts for discussion, speculating and designing new potentials, taking the research interests central to the Rogue Agents project as the starting point. Coming together to read and discuss, results in the production of a series of banner artworks, creating a moment for collaboration, making and discussion.

Rogue Agents Live Night

We started to feel it edging nearer. We lived and worked in one of the most affluent urban centres in the world; a dense mesh grid of bodies, metal, concrete and production. Glass so clear it looked as if it were air until a greasy pool at the periphery of your vision gave it away, buildings aspiring to exist as the cloud; the workers their data, a seamless flow into intangible mass. We sought total transparency. When we moved through the city it was as if we never even touched the ground. And then the bottom fell out.

Rogue Agents Live Night explored disaster and escape. Promoting a new set of archetypes for this moment where everything must change, this collectively authored piece brought together music, performance, image-production, staging and new narratives across an evening where we left this planet behind and sought new modes of representation of, and agencies for, ourselves elsewhere.


Rogue Agents is co-commissioned by Firstdraft and The Keir Foundation, with support from the City of Sydney.

firstdraft sponsors