Snuff Puppets’ newest work SWAMP is an oily primordial muck, where life begins with blood and ends with ash.
A Mosquito, Magpie, Lyrebird, Koala, Snake and Frilled-Neck Lizard each eke out their quiet lives. A Thylacine paces back and forth. A dormant whirlpool begins to swirl, descending into a world of dust and blood, water and flame, strangled trees, dissolved skin, pools of tears, blankets of bones. The Serpent consumes the scene, and then itself. Whether it’s a cycle or an ending is up to us.
SWAMP blends Snuff Puppets’ unique handmade aesthetic, irreverent performance style and dynamic use of music with live projection mapping and scratchy, illustrative set design. The result is a darkly comic allegory of violent transformation on the cusp of the Anthropocene.
(Photo: Eben Greaves)