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Fatberg (Creating)

31 July 2019 @ 11:00 am3 August 2019 @ 6:00 pm


Arne Hendriks (Netherlands) & Mike Thompson (United Kingdom)

Do we really understand fat?

In November 2017, the 130-tonne ‘Monster of Whitechapel’ was ejected from the bowels of east London. This fatberg – a congealed mass of fat, wet wipes and nappies – stretched the length of nearly two AFL footy ovals, taking workmen armed with shovels and high-powered jets three weeks of around the clock effort to extract.

Fat is perhaps THE iconic substance of our time. It is integral to life, health, energy, beauty, ecology and consumption. But what is fat if its behaviour becomes unpredictable, overtaking not only ourselves but our sewage systems? Do we understand fat, or do we need a fresh perspective?

To begin answering this question, artists Arne Hendriks and Mike Thompson invite you to join them at Testing Grounds to build Australia’s first purpose-built island of fat, and to ask – What is fat? What does it want? What is fat’s future? And do we really know fat?

Will you help it grow? We want your waste fat, so stayed tuned to our social media to find out ways to contribute.

Testing Grounds, Southbank

31 July – 3 August
Fatberg artists on site creating the work: Wednesday to Saturday 11am–6pm

7 – 15 August
Completed fatberg on display: Wednesday to Saturday 11am–6pm

Fatberg artists will also be involved in the First Friday Night and FAT SANDWICH: Jaffle Symposium events at Testing Grounds.


31 July 2019 @ 11:00 am
3 August 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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Testing Grounds
1 City Road
Southbank, VIC Australia


Ellie Michaelides
03 8344 6106
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Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
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