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LINKS: TRISTAN MEECHAM
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CONTACT: FREYA WATERSON

Fun Run

TRISTAN MEECHAM

“… as the sun set and the run­ner entered the final leg of the race, the atmos­phere was elec­tric among onlook­ers still none the wiser as to why they were even there. A gold medal affair.” — John Bai­ley — The Age

When the Greek mes­sen­ger Phei­dip­pi­des ran to Athens to announce the Persian’s defeat in the bat­tle of Marathon, he ran 42.2 kilo­me­tres with­out stop­ping, burst into the Athen­ian assem­bly, deliv­ered his news and died on the spot. FUN RUN is his story…

FUN RUN is a site spe­cific event that com­bines sport, bio­log­i­cal sci­ence, video, art, live per­for­mance, com­mu­nity group engage­ment and phys­i­cal risk to cre­ate a pub­lic dura­tional spec­ta­cle of around 5 hours

FUN RUN attracts a truly diverse audi­ence who can expe­ri­ence the per­for­mance for five min­utes or five hours, cul­mi­nat­ing in a mas­sive and spec­tac­u­lar cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity, endurance, glam­our and heroism.

“Avi­a­tor sun­glasses and nip­ple pasties aren’t nor­mal pieces of marathon run­ning equip­ment but this per­for­mance suc­ceeded in amal­ga­mat­ing dura­tional per­for­mance prac­tices of the 1970’s (while inject­ing them with humour), sub­ver­sive gen­der antics, a cri­tique of celebrity cul­ture … and an exam­i­na­tion (or was it pure cel­e­bra­tion) of pub­lic spec­ta­cle (some 7000 peo­ple are esti­mated to have seen the CBD per­for­mance, the vast major­ity of whom would pre­sum­ably not have known of the event before­hand).”
Dylan Rain­forth — Artlink Mag­a­zine Australia

Pre­vi­ous Per­for­mance Dates:

2013
SYDNEY FESTIVAL
2011
DARWIN FESTIVAL (NT)
2010
NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL (VIC)