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100 Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe

100 Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe began fairly innocently…Inspired by the publication by William Carpenter, who in the face of contrary public opinion, stood up for his belief in a flat earth, we were going to split into two teams- round earth and flat earth- debate each other and make “audiovisual proofs” to support our arguments. The concept was to force ourselves to assess information that we all take for given- big assumptions we all make about the world on a daily basis- and see whether we could actually test them ourselves through our own perceptive and logical processes. We would exhibit these proofs as part of the festival as a sort of “museum” or “cabinet of curiosities”.

Well, it sounds straightforward enough.

18 months later, we found ourselves dressed up in costumes, transporting a blind-folded audience from the festival lounge out to Strathmore Secondary College, splitting them into two groups, brainwashing them, forcing them into scientific experiments, disorienting and generally bullying them through our art work- and doing it once a night for 6 nights over the festival.

In the lead up to the show there were a series of cross-discipline talks at our space in Bouverie St, an exhibition at 6_a in Hobart, public engagements at 2009 Science Week and Tiny Stadiums, and finally – a workshop just before, and documentation exhibition just after, at the Incinerator Arts Complex in Moonee Ponds.

We’re tired.

For more info on the show and the ideas behind it:

Next Wave Program Notes

Framing Our Reality by Meg Hale

100 Proofs Blog


The Enthusiast

Kill Your Darlings

Real Time Arts

Desktop Magazine

Many, many discrete video, animation and sound works were produced in the development of this show- some can be viewed here on our 100 Proofs Vimeo Channel.

Also, documentation of various parts of the project:

100 Proofs at the Victorian Space Science Centre, Next Wave Festival, May 2010

Video: 100 Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe from Tape Projects on Vimeo.


100 Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe

The Results Are In- 100 Proofs Documentation Show at Incinerator Arts Complex, Moonee Ponds, July 2010

The Results Are In – 100 Proofs Documentations Show

37 Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe, 6_a Gallery, Hobart, July 2009

37 Proofs The Earth Is Not A Globe

The project involved such a huge amount of people along the way- volunteers, audience members, collaborators, supporters, performers- we could never thank them enough for their generosity, so please take a moment to acknowledge them, here.


Filed under: 2010, TAPR Documentation

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