APHIDS present EASY RIDERS — convenience with a not-so hidden cost.
Within the union stronghold of Trades Hall, experimental art company APHIDS and real on demand “gig economy” workers come together in a ritual performance ‘unboxing’ personal and global experiences of work. Objects are delivered, unwrapped and accumulated. An electric bike weaves around obstacles and entry points. The speed of work builds to ‘walk–run’ pace as a shift like no other unfolds. EASY RIDERS considers how the demand for convenience is shaping bodies, behaviour and perception of time; and jeopardising hard-won workers’ rights including the eight-hour workday.
APHIDS is a 26-year-old artist-led experimental art organisation based on unceded Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land in Melbourne, Australia. Collaborative and future-focused, APHIDS is led by co-directors Eugenia Lim, Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor. The work of APHIDS is feminist, intersectional, angry and funny; bringing artists into meaningful exchange with audiences through performance, moving image, critical dialogue and unpredictable encounters in the public realm.