C3West Women of Fairfield wins Best Arts Program at the 2016 FBi SMAC Awards!


Women Of Fairfield (MCA C3West, PYT | Fairfield, STARTTS)

Fairfield is one of Australia’s most multicultural cities, and the impact of its cultural, ethnic and religious differences is extraordinary. This live art event, curated by Anne Loxley and Karen Therese and facilitated by Jiva Parthipan, sought to explore the complex question of what it means to be a woman in Fairfield. Cars decorated by Aboriginal, Iraqi and Khmer women blasted collages of sound and music as they did laps of Fairfield’s streets at dusk. Live and filmed performances of local female martial artists upended a male-dominated cultural tradition. The project comprised two years of collaboration with local communities, and the result was a vivid celebration of diversity and womanhood. The project artists were Kate Blackmore, Hissy Fit and Maria Tran, Claudia Nicholson, and Zoe Scoglio. Women of Fairfield was a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s C3West program, Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

See a list of all the other winners on the FBi website HERE!

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PASSING/PARADES | Success Gallery | Fremantle, WA | DOCUMENTATION

An exhibition walk-through from PASSING/PARADES at Success Gallery is now online.

PASSING / PARADES, featuring Frances Barrett, Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra, Hissy Fit, Claudia Nicholson, Elliott Bryce Foulkes, Torrie Torrie, Liam Colgan, Anna Dunnill, Anna McMahon, and Salote Tawale.

3 September – 2 October 2016 at Success, Fremantle, WA

PASSING / PARADES is a collective exhibition that explores modalities of visibility in relation to queer bodies, queer spaces and queer communities. It is curated by Kate Britton.

Hidden and invisible queerness; costumes; disguises; tattoos; yellow socks; codes; passing (as straight); #orlando; queer spaces; flagging; turning; clubbing; vogueing; queer bodies in public spaces; Stonewall; Bowie; coming out vs. the closet; cruising; butch or femme; top or bottom; Prince; Pilari; queer languages; poppers; transgressive sexualities; bears and twinks; queer families; ACT-UP; allies; archives; assholes; Mardi Gras; pussy; parades and parties; riots and activism; gays bash back; #twomenkissing; slogans, badges, icons; Safe Schools; bois and gurls; pink dollars; pink-washing; pink bubble; inclusion, exclusion
– PASSING / PARADES concerns itself with myriad forms and experiences of visibility for queers of all kinds.

PASSING / PARADES is out of the closet and into the streets, baby. We’re here, we’re queer, and we’d like to say hello.


Passing Parades, Video Documentation from Success on Vimeo.

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Heaven | Hissy Fit | Vote For Me | Fontanelle Gallery

Hissy Fit present our new performance, video and installation work Heaven for Vote For Me at Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide, 4 September – 2 October 2016.


Frances Barrett
Mia van den Bos
Ashleigh D’Antonio
Hissy Fit
Romi Graham
Sasha Grbich
Elvis Richardson & Virginia Fraser
Mary-Jean Richardson
Sera Waters

Vote For Me is a national multi-venue feminist exhibition that engages with ideas of self-promotion in contemporary visual arts practice and considers the nature of women’s practice as holding up a collective presence as opposed to the heroism of the lone artist. The statistical position of women in art is a platform to think about self-promotion as an articulation or position responding to women in the hierarchy of art.

The exhibition invites artists to respond to ideas of self-aggrandisement, vulnerability, discomfort with self-advancement and ways of measuring of success. The exhibition will show across Adelaide artist-run-initiatives Fontanelle Gallery, FELTspace and Format Gallery, and is facilitated by curatorial team, POWERHOUSE: Kate Power & Brigid Noone.

Hissy Fit rave at After pARTy curated by 110%

Hissy Fit were lucky enough to be invited by our mates 110% to perform at the June edition of Freda’s After pARTy they curated last Wednesday. We presented a 1.5 hour performative DJ set in which Jade took the reigns on the decks while Em and Nat performed an endurance hardcore rave dance for the full 1.5 hrs.

Another special friend of ours Liz Ham was awesome enough to come down and document our set. Some of her pics from the night are below. She’s working on a forthcoming book called Punk Girls documenting women and girls in the punk movement. You can check out her tumblr page here – PUNK GIRLS.

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VIDEO OEDIV – opening night talks and performances

Hissy Fit will be part of the Video as Document discussion facilitated by Frances Barrett at tonight’s opening of Video oediV at Campbelltown Arts Centre. We will also be performing an iteration of our work Sperminator as part of the evening’s performance program.

VIDEO OEDIV Opening Night

Talks, performances and music, 5-9pm, Friday, 15 January.

Discussion – 5-5.30pm
Video as Representation facilitated by Megan Monte

Discussion – 5.30-6pm
Video as Document facilitated by Frances Barrett

Performances – 7-8pm
By Giselle Stanborough, Rosie Deacon, Hissy Fit and Angela Tiatia, facilitated by Amrita Hepi.


VIDEO OEDIV – Campbelltown Arts Centre

Hissy Fit have been commissioned to produce a new video work by Campbelltown Arts Centre for the upcoming exhibition VIDEO OEDIV opening 15 January 2016. Video oediV is an immersive installation of newly commissioned and existing video artworks by fifteen artists from Australia, USA, Germany, London, Thailand and Brazil. Though altered forms of portraiture Video oediV explores the diversity of representation, ideas around visibility, influence and experience of female form and the social body through technology. It is about the subtleties of presence, while considering the gaze of another within a universal digital language.Video oediV scratches the surface of a rich territory, a long history of many voices contributing to a discussion about representation today. The exhibition runs 16 January to 20 March.

FBi SMACs Festival 2016

FBi SMACS FESTIVAL at Carriageworks

Hisssy Fit will be performing live as part of the inaugural SMACs Festival at Carriageworks.

Sydney’s much loved indie radio station FBi will be joining forces with Sydney Festival to host a party that will bring the Sydney Music Art and Culture Awards to life. The SMACs Festival will showcase nominees from previous years and of course those in the running for 2016 gongs. Think live music, DJ sets, food trucks and visual art installations all throughout the beautiful Carriageworks precinct.

Read more here: Time Out Sydney

10 January 2016 | Presented in association with Sydney Festival and Carriageworks.

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Hissy Fit rave on at CLUB KOOKY this NYD!!!

Hissy Fit will be debuting a new performance work called Sperminator at Club Kooky’s New Year’s Day party at the Red Rattler Theatre.

Kooky is a Sydney queer club institution since 1995.

‘For lovers of all persuasions… live bands, queerdo performance, arty installations, freaky dancing, dress ups, good times.’

Kooky New Year’s Day

1 January 2016 from 2pm

Red Rattler Theatre, Marrickville

Scoring Patti Smith

SCORING PATTI SMITH at Affiliated Text

Hissy Fit are totally chuffed to have been invited to be a part of Affiliated Text’s final ever exhibition, Scoring Patti Smith.

Patti Smith: poet, writer, musician, mythmaker, punk, photographer and icon. Patti Smith’s symbolist-driven lyrics and potent spoken-word performances, along with her recent prose memoirs, Just Kids, Woolgathering and M Train, have made her a reckoning force in music, literature, fashion and the visual arts. In the 1970s Smith’s impervious, androgynous stance, in juxtaposition with her fevered writing and intonation, bridged the image-conscious Warholian avant-garde, the subcultural ardour of the Beats, the dystopian visions of William Burroughs and the DIY culture of punk. Four decades on, Smith continues to hold a unique position of reference in the language and visual cultures we inhabit in the arts.

The exhibition features works by: Catherine Clover, Danae Valenza, Danius Kesminas, Hissy Fit, India Zegan, Jacqueline Millner, John Paul Cretney, Josephine Skinner, Julian Day, Linda Dement, Luke Parker, Maria Cruz, Matthew Hopkins, Mish Meijers, Ron Adams, Tina Havelock Stevens, Tricky Walsh

November 11, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Curated by Affiliated Text

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Hissy Fit get dystopian for MCA Artbar this October

The Museum of Contemporary Art have invited Hissy Fit to guest curate the October edition of Artbar themed DYSTOPIA.

Hissy Fit are presenting an exciting collection of some of our most favourite artists whose works will take over the MCA for a night of dystopian fiction made real.

Dystopias are often dreamt up futures characterised by totalitarian governments, environmental disasters, or a society controlled by machines/ artificial intelligence. They are also a reframing of the present, and a narrative/ creative tool used by artists, writers, and filmmakers to highlight more negative social qualities and in turn, offer a critique of said qualities in our society.

On the 30th October from 7pm, cyberfeminism, Mad Max and Blade Runner converge and chaos will reign…

Get your tickets from the MCA website.

Facebook event page.

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Performance Space: LIVEWORKS Full Program Announced!


22 OCT – 7 NOV 2015

The full program for Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art presented by Performance Space has been announced!

‘Housed in Sydney’s Carriageworks arts precinct, Liveworks is an exciting new direction for Performance Space – impressive in scope, scale and ambition. Featuring acclaimed Australian and international artists working at the experimental edge of their art forms, Liveworks will present a multidisciplinary arts program that spans theatre, dance, digital technology i.e. robots performing to experimental scores, and visual arts. Liveworks will be the first festival of its kind for Sydney, championing new developments in experimental arts practice and connecting artists and audiences with the most dynamic and innovative new work across the Asia Pacific.’

Hissy Fit will be debuting our major performance work I might blow up someday as part of the festival.

Tickets on general sale from 15 September.

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TONIGHT! Hissy Fit at Heaps Gay x Vivid Sydney

Heaps Gay and Vivid Sydney are transforming the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, into an day + night spectacular! An all immersive and inclusive festival of music, art and performance all presented by FBI Radio!

3pm on Sunday June 7th the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, HEAPS GAY x VIVID SYDNEY includes musical mayhem from Sydney and abroad.

Boasting the wild line-up of KIM (The Presets), Black Vanilla, Catlips, TEES, The Magda Szubanski’s, Levins, Sveta and many more, spread across 3 stages.

In the art department, bear witness to mind-bending performances from Hissy Fit, Diesel Darling and Wisteria Hysteria. Bask in the ambience of installations, projections and flash-parties by No Lycra No Lights, The Glitta Militia, Optic Soup, Torrie Torrie and Bubble Rave. Finally, be a part of the photographic Heaps Gay People Project and help raise awareness for Beyond Blue.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

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Hissy Fit interviewed for Runway Magazine

Hissy Fit were recently interviewed by Eleanor Zeichner for the experimental Australian art magazine, Runway.

“Hissy Fit are a Sydney-based performance collective made up of Nat Randall, Emily O’Connor and Jade Muratore. Their practice, which spans live art, performance, participatory action and performance lecture, approaches female empowerment via acts of transgression and reclamation. This is informed by the historical notion of the ‘hysterical woman’, which they explore through performances of headbanging and other forms of rebellious, aggressive gestures. In doing so, they interrogate actions that both trap and define women’s behaviour while simultaneously containing the potential for radical transcendence.”

Read the whole interview here: HISSY FIT X RUNWAY

Image credit: Lucy Parakhina

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Girls to the Front Headbangers – We Need You!

Hissy Fit would like to thank all the amazing folks who came down to the Erskineville Town Hall to support our work, Girls to the Front. We had so much fun thrashing out with you guys and were so inspired by all the fierce feminist energy you brought to our work.

Hissy Fit were super impressed with the performances in this work and we would love to use the footage we collected for further development of our work and documentation here on our website.

If you are happy to consent to us using the footage of your headbang please email us: hissyfit@hissy-fit.com


HF. xx

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Vote #1 Hissy Fit for an Fbi SMAC Award!

Hissy Fit are totally chuffed with the news that we have been nominated for an FBi Radio SMAC Award for the Best Visual Artist Category!

We are honoured to be nominated alongside some really brilliant Sydney artists – Pia Van Gelder, Karla Dickens, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, and Tony Albert.

You can read more about the nominees here > Nominees – Best Visual Artist

And if you like us you can vote for us here > Vote

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Girls To The Front | Creative City Sydney Interview

Read about Girls to the Front and all the other awesome works that are part of the 2014 Tiny Stadiums Festival on the Creative City Sydney blog.

“Hissy Fit looked to Riot Grrrl as part of bigger research on women in punk and rock that we completed for a work currently in development. Aside from the politics, it’s the musicians themselves and the frenzied energy in their live performances that we have found to be rich material for exploring the concept of the hysterical woman, who we see as a powerful feminist icon.”

Read the whole interview HERE

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FBi Radio’s Canvas talks queer arts

Hissy Fit’s Emily O’Connor joins a bunch of amazing queer artists on FBi Radio’s weekly arts program, CANVAS.

“While families around Sydney were brunching with their fathers,  CANVAS celebrated Daddy’s Day by discussing queer screens, queer bodies and queer politics.

Set to a soundtrack “to penetrate the earholes”, curated by Grant Gribble (AKA DJ Daddy Banga), Frances Barrett was joined by performer Justin Shoulder, filmmaker Anna Helme and Emily O’Connor from Hissy Fit, to discuss the role, work and context of queer practitioners in the arts in Sydney.”

You can listen to the whole interview here > Hissy Fit on Canvas

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Hair Manifesto | Feminartsy

Hissy Fit were invited by Feminartsy to write a piece for their August issue ‘Resolve’. Hissy Fit responded by writing a Hair Manifesto inspired by our recent three week residency at Bundanon Trust.

Feminartsy is an online feminist literature and arts journal that showcases some of the best writing and art talent in Australia and beyond, all through a feminist lens. Founded and edited by Zoya Patel, former Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine, the journal creates a new mood online each month and celebrates excellent content in all of its forms.

Read > Hair Manifesto

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2Ser Radio talks queer performance with Hissy Fit

Hissy Fit’s Nat Randall and Emily O’Connor chat to 2SER about queer performance in the lead up to Day for Night, presented by Performance Space, Sydney Mardi Gras and Carriageworks.

“Sydney is home to a long standing and very passionate queer peformance community of artists. Many of these artists have at some point, at least over the last 30 years, intersected with Performance Space. They are celebrating Mardi Gras season with a weekend long extravaganza of art, installation, music and party – Day for Night.”

Listen to the whole interview here > Hissy Fit on 2Ser

Image credit: Rupert Parry