If you had to choose, would you prefer non-fiction or fiction? Happy endings or sad ones? Are you a summer person or a winter person? Do you believe in individuality or community? Gratification or anticipation? Would you rather outlive your partner or be outlived? Which is worse: war or famine? Drowning at sea or indefinite detention?
Working with Wheeler Centre, from a set of ideas developed with Martyn Coutts and Sam Routledge, we created the concept for the Wheeler Centre’s Gala opening night of 2014. Called 20 Questions;
2014’s Wheeler Centre Gala was a twisted referendum on 20 big questions. On Saturday 8 February, we took to the streets of Melbourne with four city polling booths to find out what you think about ideas big and small, the fundamental and the trivial – over 7000 people voted in these booths or online.
At the end of the day, we threw an old-fashioned election party to analyse the results and what they tell us about ourselves. We were joined in the tally room by experienced commentators George Negus, Sophie Black, Bernard Salt and Ray Martin. It was a lively night of laughter, thinking and debate. It was perfectly captured in this tumlr:
Presented by the Wheeler Centre
Concept – Ian Pidd, Sam Routledge and Martyn Coutts
Director – Ian Pidd
Producer - Simon Abrahams
Dramaturgy – Martyn Coutts
Designer – Marg Horwell