Amplify: On the 23rd Day, Mars Was in Gemini

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Image by Angelita Biscotti

An evening of multi-disciplinary performance-art by creatives with roots in the Western suburbs

Venus in aloof Aquarius knows how to keep you wanting, topped by gruff rebel boss Saturn strong in his fixed-air home sign. Fixed signs are about holding on, so hold on only to what's right for you. Deep connections are impossible without deep investments. Beneath the spiciest of truths, half-truths and lies Mars finds in Gemini, it's time to bare the skin you've got in the game. You don't need game when your feet are honest.

On this Midsumma evening, body- and soul-based local creatives Mohamed Chamas, Daniel R Marks, Scotty So, Piano Punk, Chichi Nwokocha, Cher Tan, and Angelita Biscotti respond to the latest updates in planetary motion. Through music, words, and gesture, they transform this former church into a celestial spectacle, a place for inclusive community and loving holiness.

On the 23rd Day, Mars Was in Gemini is part of Maribyrnong City Council’s Amplify program: an evening of multi-disciplinary performance-art by creatives with roots in the Western suburbs. In this Midsumma edition of Amplify, guest curator Angelita Biscotti brings community together for an astrological-themed arts celebration.

Mohamed Chamas is an artist, independent game developer and poet based in Naarm (melbourne). Mohamed’s work holds mystic practices in synergy to emerging technologies. It appears as hybrid forms of audio-visuals, writing, utterance, virtual reality installation (VR/XR) and performance.

Cher Tan is an essayist and critic. Her artistic practice is driven by an interest in late capitalism and class mobility, and how these intersect with new media/technology, politics and/or popular culture. She is an editor at Liminal and the reviews editor at Meanjin.

Scotty So is a Hong Kong born Melbourne-based multi-media artist. Through camp, he explores the often-contradictory relationship between humour and sincerity. So’s work has been shown and acquired in Hong Kong, China, and Australia. So is represented by MARS Gallery.

Chichi Nwokocha (aka Cheech) is a Nigerian-British artist and educator specialising in spoken word and theatre. A Theatre Works Board member, Cheech was a recent People of Cabaret mentee, and a poet in Candy Bowers' Green Room Award-winning TakeBack cabaret.

Daniel R Marks (DRM) is an interdisciplinary artist and PhD researcher based in Naarm. Their practice entails a queer post-productive approach to to performance work, enveloping collusions of live actions, experimental writing, sculptural installation, and accumulative digital archives.

Kip Mac does PIANO PUNK shows that are hardcore, metal, grunge, and punk for classical piano. Showcasing the melodies beneath the distortion, Piano Punk is for metal heads, classical aficionados, and those who know nothing about either.

Angelita Biscotti uses writing, visual art, performance, sound design, and astrology to explore unconventional intimacies and tease the border lines between illegitimacy and authenticity. Angelita is a Filipinx-Melburnian multi-disciplinary artist and sessional academic on unceded Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Country.


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The team from Amplify: on the 23rd Day Mars was in Gemini acknowledge that this event is taking place on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation, and we wish to pay our respects to the Elders of these lands, and through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We extend the offer of a free ticket to any First Nations person who may wish to attend this show. Please contact [email protected] before 12pm on Thursday 19th January to request your ticket, with no questions asked. Please note there are limited tickets available. 


Event & ticketing details

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English No Barrier
Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating 75%

Dates & Times

WHEN Mon 23 Jan 7pm


FULL $15.00
CONC $10.00
COMPANION FREE - please email [email protected] to arrange
BLAKTIX FREE - Please email [email protected] before 12pm on Thursday 19th January to request your ticket, with no questions asked. Please note there are limited tickets available.


Bluestone Church Arts Space

8A Hyde St, Footscray

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Any western line to Footscray


82 to stop 64

Event notes


New Work


Nudity, Coarse language, Loud noise, Themes of a sexual nature, Latecomer lockout, Themes of body horror/gore, References to rape/sexual assault, References to diet culture, Queerphobic slurs

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