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11 Nov


A Bugler is held high, still, in mid-flight by ropes. A series of calls resound, amplified across the waters to a waiting audience.

At sunset, audiences are invited to Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour to witness the arrival of a pearl lugger vessel and the call of a Bugler echoing from her mast.

STILL LIVES is an on-going series of durational performances by artists Daniel Kok and Luke George which capture (literally with rope) a significant moment, sound or place. These suspended moments in time have been created in Melbourne, Singapore and Florence, and now the artists will unveil a new site-specific performance for Fremantle.

In STILL LIVES: FREMANTLE the artists nod to Walyalup’s maritime past and histories of imprisonment, creating a work with a local Bugler that calls to the sunset and brings audiences together in a collective act of remembrance.

This living sculpture will be created aboard the historic RoseF, a 1903 timber pearl lugger, both on voyage and whilst docked at the harbour. The process for creating this suspended tableau will be filmed and livestreamed back to shore, with the vessel reaching audiences for the final performance.

The journey will close with a final note, captured in an endless tremor – in a shared moment of stillness and remembering.

Sound Designer: Nick Roux

Date and Time

Boardwalk (in front of Harbourside Freo), Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
Sat 11 Nov

Luke George (he/they) is a multidisciplinary artist creating work that spans performance, installation, craft and curation. Born in lutruwita/Tasmania and based in Naarm/Melbourne, Luke pays his deepest respects to the traditional owners and custodians of the lands which he resides and creates, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and the Boon Wurrung Bunurong peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. Luke’s work is informed by queer politics, whereby people are neither singular nor isolated; bodies of difference can intersect, practice mutual listening, take responsibility for themselves and one another. Luke’s works explore risk and intimacy and employ daring and at times, unorthodox methods, to create further possibilities for artist and audience to encounter each other.

Daniel Kok studied BA Fine Art & Critical Theory (Goldsmiths College, London, 2001), MA Solo/Dance/Authorship (HZT, Berlin, 2012) and Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (APASS, Brussels, 2014).  In 2008, he received the Young Artist Award (Dance) for the National Arts Council (Singapore). His performances deal with the politics of spectatorship and audoenceship, and have been presented across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, notably in the Venice Biennale, Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin), AsiaTOPA (Melbourne) and Festival/Tokyo. He is the artistic director of Dance Nucleus (Singapore) and curates the annual da:ns Lab at the Esplanade (Singapore).

  • Boardwalk Viewpoint at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle
  • Information

    Duration: 90 minutes.
    Viewing Locations: Audience viewing and livestream from the Boardwalk Viewpoint in front of Harbourside Freo.

    There are no lock-outs. Visitors can view this event at any point during the performance. 


    This event will be outdoors, and subject to the elements. We recommend bringing warm clothing and any water you might need.


    The nearest all access public toilets are located at Esplanade Park Public Toilets.
    This event takes place at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour with plenty of food and beverages nearby.

  • Getting There

    Marine Terrace Car Park 2
    45 Mews Rd Parking


    Public Transport:
    The event area is a 12-minute walk from the Fremantle Train Station, which is the final destination for the Fremantle Train Line, as well as several bus routes.

  • Access

    The event area is wheelchair accessible and includes ramps and a wooden boardwalk. The nearest accessible public toilets are located at Esplanade Park Public Toilets. ACROD parking spaces can be found at Marine Terrace Car Park 2 and 45 Mews Rd Parking.

  • Image credit

    Images: Luke George & Daniel Kok, Still Lives: Venice, 2019. Photos: Lucio Fiorentino and Luca Gianfrancesco.