Melbourne knowledge week
Melbourne Knowledge Week

Return to Escape from Woomera

Tuesday 21 May - Saturday 25 May, 6.30pm - 9pm

Return to escape from Woomera

Make your own bid for freedom as part of a turbo-charged and retro-fitted evening of live gaming, performance, discussion and debate.

Sixteen years ago a group of Australians rocked the political landscape with a video game putting players in the shoes of a refugee escaping detention. Now the sprawling creative collective Applespiel invites you to make your own bid for freedom as part of a turbo-charged and retro-fitted evening of live gaming, performance, discussion and debate. Each night the artists conjure a live commentary to accompany the gameplay alongside human rights advocates, refugees and the game’s original makers, exploring the ongoing significance of this singular cultural intervention.

Long before serious games became normal, Escape from Woomera had cemented itself in the mythology of Australian art activism. It did so by tearing the heart out of another mythology – that of Australia as the lucky country, the land of mateship, built by immigrants and welcoming to all. The result was a wildly controversial video game that incited a media uproar when people got wind of its subject matter. The country it depicted was a place where refugees are locked up in island prison camps, and the mythology is maintained by distance, bureaucracy and silence.

What’s changed?

Return to escape from Woomera

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Dates and times

Tue 21 May,
6.30pm — 9pm

Wed 22 May,
6.30pm — 9pm

Thu 23 May,
6.30pm — 9pm

Fri 24 May,
6.30pm — 9pm

Sat 25 May,
6.30pm — 9pm

Venue

Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne VIC, Australia

Accessibility
Auslan interpretation on request, Wheelchair accessible

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