Upcoming Exhibition
June 10 2023 - August 12 2023
A work-in-progress mock-up of the front of ROCKAMORA'S head.
A work-in-progress mock-up of the front of ROCKAMORA'S head.

2023 Porter Street Commission exhibition by Kaspar Schmidt Mumm.


Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

June 10 2023 to August 12 2023


ROCKAMORA is a site specific installation and sculpture that builds on Kaspar Schmidt Mumm’s fascination with participatory sculpture. Sunken into the gallery floor, ROCKAMORA is a thug taking a bath at Adelaide Contemporary Experimental in need of care and compassion. By feeding, cleaning, playing and caring for this confronting antagonist, ROCKAMORA is not an enemy to be defeated but a form in need of repair.

 Investigating the gradations of humanity and the act of healing, ROCKAMORA welcomes audiences to partake in these restorative processes. Through positive social engagement, this extensive project speaks to how we approach discrimination and oppression through empathy and care. ROCKAMORA suggests we can better understand harassment, compassion and collective good. With a welcoming spirit, ROCKAMORA encourages play and participation, encouraging guests to kindly tend to its creature comforts. Through mutual understanding and benevolence, audiences will partake in healing this thug whilst contributing to a new form of social justice.

Feature Image: Kaspar Schmidt Mumm, 'ROCKAMORA' (work in progress), technical design. Courtesy the artist.


Kaspar Schmidt Mumm

Kaspar Schmidt Mumm is the 2023 recipient of the Porter Street Commission – ACE’s annual award supporting new artwork commissions by South Australian artists.

Presented as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.

This project is supported by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia. 

ACE tampinthi, ngadlu Kaurna yartangka panpapanpalyarninthi (inparrinthi). Kaurna miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku. Parnaku yailtya, parnaku tapa purruna, parnaku yarta ngadlu tampnthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna itu yailtya, tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martulayinthi.

ACE respectfully acknowledges the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.