Presented by Arts House
An intimate artwork for one audience member, Shell Game places you at the nexus of the Spratly Islands, a geopolitical flashpoint where international shipping, mango exports and the odd K-pop star have all been caught up in the maelstrom. A barren assortment of rocks, shoals, cays and reefs in the South China Sea, these 100-odd islands have received little attention to date – but now several countries with overlapping territorial claims are realising their strategic importance. Using tarot-like cards to represent each island, participant and artist together explore and predict possible futures for the disputed archipelago. Along the way, you’ll traverse personal territories, public spaces, and geopolitical zones alike.
A personal model for divining the future, Shell Game is for those who seek safety and surety in an uncertain world.
Artist: Martyn Coutts
Dramaturge: Jason Maling
Designer: Ella Sutherland
Supported by: the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Ongoing touring has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Acknowledgement: Shell Game’s premiere season was commissioned by Field Theory as part of Site is Set 2017
Image by: Bryony Jackson