​Simon Terrill: Crowd Theory Adelaide / 03 May – 05 July 2013

Image: Simon Terrill, Crowd Theory Adelaide, 2013, installation view, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Photography by Sam Noonan.

Simon Terrill’s spectacularly immersive images from the ‘Crowd Theory Adelaide’ performance event held in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga on 27 February 2013.

Crowd Theory Adelaide is an ongoing series of international photographic performance events by Simon Terrill, a Samstag Scholar who explores ideas of community and the nature of crowds. For each event, a time and place is specified and people are invited to respond to the site, but their specific actions on-site are left undirected and uncontrolled

Through this random orchestration of bodies in site-specific venues, Crowd Theory seeks to expand upon accepted definitions and perceptions of what it is that constitutes a ‘community’ and how this converges with the notion and implications of a ‘crowd’.

Read the catalogue: View from the fountainhead by Rachel Hurst.


Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.