writers program




Hydrangea is a multiple act work by Holly Childs and J. G. Biberkopf about narratives and emergence. Employing a polyphonic, poetic voice and fluid characters the work explores binary systems, chaos and fractalization. 

Holly Childs was supported in the creation work through the Firstdraft writers program. Hydrangea was performed at Until The Thaw in October 2018.


Holly Childs (Netherlands/Australia) is a writer and artist researching language, emotions and constraints in ecological and computational systems. A 2017 postgraduate researcher in The New Normal program at Strelka Institute, Moscow, and author of Danklands (Arcadia Missa, 2014-7) and No Limit (Hologram, 2014). Recent presentations of her work include: writing for Angela Goh’s Uncanny Valley Girl (2018); Patternist, a collaboratively developed sci-fi urban exploration augmented reality game demo featuring poetry-as-user-interface (2017); Have The Dusk Deepen, for Rogue Agents curated by Auto Italia, at Firstdraft, Sydney (2017), and published by SOd (2018); writer for Adam Linder’s choreographic service Some Proximity at Biennale of Sydney (2016); and Danklands [Swamped] for Liquid Architecture, NGV, Melbourne (2015). She was a runner up in The Lifted Brow’s Experimental Non-Fiction Prize (2017), a founding editor of both Worm Hole (2015-6) and Crazy in Love (2011-4),  and an associate producer at Next Wave (2015-6).

J. G. Biberkopf is an artist from Lithuania, based in-between Amsterdam and Vilnius. He works within the fields of sound, documentary, conceptual art and performance. Biberkopf's practice assembles a collage stemming from sound studies and ecosophy; post-colonial, architectural and media theories.

Anti-architectural, with the interplay of design and power as works central concerns, his work encourages to unthink, and devise alternative genealogies of significant metaphysical and physical architectures; to reflect their interaction, narrativization, and influence on and within sociality.

J. G. Biberkopf is interested in creating autonomous ecologies that become independent of himself. In the previous work, he worked intensively with aural memes, exploring the semiotics of sound. Biberkopf has developed a sound practice, which at times has been called sculptural, theatrical and cinematic. Biberkopf has presented works and collaborations at Barbican Centre (UK), Berghain (DE), Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius (LT), Haus Der Kunst (DE), Head (CH), Mutek Montreal (CA), Pompidou (FR), Rupert (LT), Sonic Acts (NL), Studium Generale Rietveld (NL), The Kitchen (US), Unsound (PL), Venice Biennale (IT). He was also a member of the curatorial teams of the Newman Festival (2015), and of the Unthinkable Nomos research project and events series (2016), and is currently in the process of finishing a Masters degree in Fine and Arts and Design at Sandberg Institute.