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“the very process of imagining how these other worlds might be, and might function, does in many ways, lead to the pursuit of broader truths”

 - The Power of Parallels

What you’re about to see was first broadcast as part of Assemble; a virtual festival where a 'government of artists' gathered to share ideas around leadership, community and care in a time of crisis.


This presentation, explores many themes integral to the world of The Parallel Effect including theoretical physics, the many worlds theory and intrinsic patterns of human behavior.


In this spoken word presentation, artist Daz Chandler explores the notion of using imagined realities outside our own to discover truths about those we belong to. In particular, she addresses social inequalities, and how the reconstruction of worlds where the ideal of “equality” reigns, requires a deconstruction of the inequality we navigate daily – and perhaps, however unconsciously, maintain.

“[imagining parallel worlds] can give us the sustenance to continue to aim for something great so that we can continue to work to transform this reality into something others can seek to imagine.”


The provocative new video-work, LAMENT, looks at anthropogenic climate change through the lens of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring original music for violin by Composer, Edwin Montgomery, ‘Lament’ travails a history of pivotal moments in the sociopolitical narrative of climate change. It takes this instance of "pandemic pause" to chronicle the decisions, and catastrophic events of the past that have shaped the future we currently face.

Watch 'Lament' on its own here. It is also available with full audio transcriptions.

​We encourage you to explore the videos referenced and learn more about the history that led to these indelible incidents.


Witness Performance - June 4, 2020

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The Parallel Effect was conceived and developed on the unceded land of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to Indigenous elders of the past, those who live among us and those who are emerging.


The Parallel Effect is generously supported by Next Wave, The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation, Punctum, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Origami Flight and the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.

The Parallel Effect hails from all over but regularly produces work on what always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge that Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded.

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