Polar Force


Presented by PICA and Tura as part of FRINGE WORLD 2019

Imagine being on the Antarctic ice shelf, housed inside a temporary shelter on the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on earth. Polar Force is a hyper-realistic sound adventure to the Antarctic hidden in an inflatable performance installation.

Encounter a multi-sensorial world through sound, wind and light, with pristine Antarctic field recordings and bespoke ice instruments, which melt and fracture to render the ice and ‘weather’ into audible phenomena.

Unsure whether you’re witnessing cutting edge scientific research, a dangerous polar expedition or unknown sinister activity, Polar Force explores notions of human fragility and isolation to question our relationship to the natural world.

Sonic masterminds Speak Percussion (VIC) bring the coolest art experience to PICA this summer.

“Virtuosic, adventurous” – New York Times
 “Breathtakingly impressive” – The West Australian


Polar Force
PICA Central Gallery
Preview 6:30pm 20 Jan
7:30pm 21 – 24 Jan 2019
$22 – 32 Tickets from Fringeworld


Post show Q&A
Mon 21 Jan


Join Artistic Director of Speak Percussion, Eugene Ughetti for two free opportunities to explore the creation of Polar Force.

Behind the Scenes of Polar Force
Wednesday 23 January, 10am – 12pm
Suitable for: artists interested in sound, music, installation, performance

Speak Percussion Sound Workshop
Wednesday 23 January, 1-4pm
Suitable for: music/percussion students


Speak Percussion has shaped the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music through the creation and presentation of ambitious arts projects. Internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak are constantly seeking to redefine the potential of percussion.

Polar Force | Image by Bryony Jackson.

Speak Percussion have been responsible for over 100 commissions and premieres of new percussion works, Speak Percussion has contributed new 21st Century masterworks to the global percussion repertoire.


Concept, Co-Director, Composer and Instrument Design
Eugene Ughetti

Clare Britton

Sound Artist & Field Recordings
Dr Philip Samartzis

Matthias Shack-Arnott & Eugene Ughetti


This project has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Department of Education and Training, City of Melbourne, APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, Besen Foundation, and City of Darebin. The Perth presentation of Polar Force has been supported by PICA, Tura, Scitech and Inspiring Australia.

Image: Polar Force. Photo: Jeff Busby.