Deaf-led tour: ROCKAMORA

Gallery Tour
24 June 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.

Open to Deaf, HoH, Auslan students, friends and family. Stay for tea and coffee.


Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

24 June 2023

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Join guide Samantha Wilson for a deaf-led tour of Kaspar Schmidt Mumm: ROCKAMORA.

ACE will be providing afternoon tea, attendees are invited to stay for tea and coffee.

ROCKAMORA is the first major gallery exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Kaspar Schmidt Mumm, expanding the artist’s fascination with puppetry as a tool for social change.

Named after his mother’s primary school bully, ‘Rockamora’ is a thug taking a bath in the gallery. By feeding, cleaning and caring for this bully, ROCKAMORA encourages us to empathise with a larger-than-life, misunderstood antagonist as a way to counter lived experiences of harassment and discrimination.

Influenced by his mother’s own art therapy programs in hospitals, aged care and community centres, Schmidt Mumm’s practice is based in a belief in the rehabilitative qualities of art. The exhibition builds upon Schmidt Mumm’s experimentation with absurdist and comical forms of art-making that feature fantastical representations of other worldly beings.

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.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia, and City of Adelaide.

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

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