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Crawl Me Blood

The secrets that you sense but are not told.


‘Crawl me blood’ is a Caribbean phrase that means ‘the secrets that you sense but are not told’. 

I had reached the forest and you cannot mistake the forest. It is hostile. The path was overgrown but it was possible to follow it. The track led to a large clear space. Here were the ruins of a stone house and round the ruins rose trees that had grown to an incredible height. I was lost and afraid among these enemy trees, so certain of danger that when I heard footsteps and a shout I did not answer. 
-Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

Under the southern sky, on pakana/palawa country, we invite you to listen to a story about three generations of Caribbean women.

White women. White cockroaches.

Grandmother Elizabeth, her daughter Gwen and Granddaughter Antoinette.

This work invites you into the gardens to encounter a family drama that lays bare our shared colonial history.

Contained within the manicured boundaries of the botanic gardens, audience members are given a map, a small FM transistor radio and perhaps a nip of rum.

As a group, they move to a series of different locations in the gardens where, imbued by the atmosphere, smells and sounds of the gardens at night, each audio scene unfolds.

Crawl Me Blood is a sound and video installation produced by Aphids and designed by Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S. Weiland.

Presented by Aphids and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in association with the Salamanca Arts Centre, Vitalstatistix and Performing Lines.

An adaptation of Wide Sargasso Sea by Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S.Weiland
Composition- Felix Cross
Collaborating Artists- Natasha Jynel and Zahra Newman
System Design- Matt Daniels
Video Artist- Lucy Benson
Production Management- Josh Noble
Graphic Design- Rebecca McCauley

Supported by the Australia Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts Tasmania, the City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria with additional support from ABC Radio National, Fresh Milk Artist Platform and the Alcorso Foundation. 


Aphids creates epic contemporary art projects.

Collaborative and driven by a passionate belief in the social role of art, Aphids investigates what is current and urgent in contemporary culture.

These projects are interdisciplinary often using performance, music and new technology.

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Crawl Me Blood

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Lower Domain Road, Hobart TAS, Australia

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