Take your car to the carwash and give it a ritual cleansing for the android age.
As the looming carwash robot goes about its work, tune in to a synchronised soundtrack from inside your vehicle, matched to the robot’s graceful movements. ‘Immersive’ in more ways than one, Crush takes place amid the hiss of water jets and whirr of brushes – an automated ceremony for gears and ears, curiously evoking the drive-in cinema.
Cocooning the audience in that most familiar of spaces – the car interior – Crush imbues a banal task with ceremony and takes a sonically powerful look at the future of our relationships with machines.
Creators: Sam Routledge & Dylan Sheridan
Director: Sam Routledge
Composer: Dylan Sheridan
Performer: Ashley Dyer
Ceremonial Consultant & Ritual Text Collaborator: Victoria Spence
Voice: Jane Longhurst
Crush was originally co-commissioned and produced by Junction Arts Festival and the Salamanca Arts Centre through Like HyPe, Launceston, 2015; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.