Event 'Absolutely Everybody Judges'

'Absolutely Everybody Judges'

Performance Activation

09 Sep. 2022 10.00AM–3.00PM 10 Sep. 2022 10.00AM–3.00PM 17 Sep. 2022 10.00AM–3.00PM 01 Oct. 2022 10.00AM–12.00PM

Aha Ensemble invite you to participate in their installation Absolutely Everybody Judges. For fifteen-minutes you will experience an intimate interaction which involves members of Aha Ensemble improvising a descriptive dialogue that paints a speculative portrait using your visual characteristics.

This new work aims to create an experience and space where hierarchies are upended, limits are undermined, power dynamics reversed, and assumptions are playfully undone. Absolutely Everybody Judges is a challenge for us all to look beyond what we see in the mirror.

This is a free experience so registration is essential via the link above. If you are unable to attend your appointment or need to change the booking for any reason, please contact engagement@ima.org.au. This is an individual experience, participants will go in one at a time.


What to Expect

Here are some things to keep in mind so you can assess if this experience is right for you:

– Aha Ensemble’s process is grounded in respect, but it is improvised and can be unexpected, spontaneous, and therefore (at times) uncomfortable. However, the intent is playful, and the aim is not to upset, but rather subvert.
– Our intention is to approach everyone with kindness, care and respect and to create an inclusive and safe process. If at any time you wish to take a break or step out, we will support this.
– Your booking secures your performance experience, however as a live work timing can sometimes be malleable. Please allow 10 mins either side of your booking in case we are running fast or slow.


COVID-19 Advice

The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. ⁠



Some sessions will be Auslan interpreted. If this is a service you wish to use, please book into our Auslan sessions here.

We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

To find out more, contact us at ima@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. You can also read our access information for visitors here: Word Doc or PDF.

Guest Info
  • Aha Ensemble are the recipients of the 2021 Jeremy Hynes Award, made possible through a bequest from the family of artist Jeremy Hynes.

    Aha Ensemble is a disability-led, Queensland based collective of diverse performance artists who value authentic, immersive, participatory and contemporary art practices. The Ensemble was initiated in 2015 by Daniele Constance with support from Access Arts, to aid in developing artists who identify with disability. Aha performers’ individual practices include training and creating work across South East Queensland, nationally; and internationally, including New York, Portugal, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Korea. Ensemble members include: Kayah Guenther, Allycia Staples, Mitchell Runcie, Megan Louise West, Tara Heard, Rebecca Dostal, and Ruby Donohoe, Director Daniele Constance, and Creative Producer Emma-June Curik.

Photographer Jorge Serra

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