Humans Are Horses

I Corpi Diversi (The Diverse Bodies). Private Home. 2017.

Performance lecture delivered by ‘Io”, on November 6th 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Originally heard by two audiences simultaneously; one group meandering through the Darebin parklands, via headphones, and the other inside a house overlooking the Darebin creek, live with the artist.

IMG_7522Above: Io prepares for the lecture after transforming from art object.

Below: Io delivers lecture watched on by a live audience who are being watched by a drone.reading

Artists don’t have to be

The two audiences came together at the end of the lecture, to witness a ceremony at the creek.


During the lecture a masculine self of the artist appeared mid way, entering the room from the balcony, dressed in full military regalia. Played by a female artist friend, the masculine self exited through the front door after ambling over and around the audience.
In the video installation room, the masculine figure had been half disrobed from a version of himself played in a previous artwork (“EU”). On another video screen a repetitious rendition of a choreographed flag desecration danced in heels could be seen. This choreography is an interpretation of an action performed on the US, French and British flags during the Pan Arabic Games in 1993, as ordered by Colonel Gaddafi. The connection of Libya and the geo-political affect of Gaddafi’s death to this body of work will be written at another time.


The creek ceremony saw the artist entering the Darebin creek, still dressed as “Io”, their feminine self. Attaching to a piece of rope the artist moved upstream and as they did so a drenched, double flagged corpse of the masculine military figure was pulled out of the water. It collapsed again as the artist released tension and slowly made their way up the embankment to a warm bath of water.

A Different Body: Invitation

A Different Body is an open art experiment toward a well-rounded PhD in aesthetics and provocative politicking, or what I am currently calling: geopoetical-cosmopolitics.

…a new work progressing in three parts. Dario Vacirca & friends:

i. (thefearisintheheart)

– performance lecture –
+ video
+ love room (all of movement, full of dance)

ii. (gottagetyourgrooveback)

– ceremony, coming together –

iii. (inventing the future)

– open space forum, meal –



The final part (before the meal) is an open-space forum. We will work together in small groups toward addressing issues raised in the performance lecture, which, amongst other things, unpacks the following quote attributed to Arthur C Clarke:

“The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.”


Belle Bassin
Karina Stockdale
Louise Morris
Betra Fraval
Pablo Carroll
Renato Vacirca
Zak Bennett
Davin Street


David Cross
Cameron Bishop
Danny Ross
School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin Univeristy