Supple Fox is the creative partnership of Thomas Supple and Hannah Fox, founded in 2008. Together, the duo works across the fields of curation and creative direction in contemporary music, sound art and experiential art.
The company’s portfolio of work has included curatorial services for Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Melbourne Festival, the Tate Modern, Victorian College of the Arts, Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival and Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
The company has earned a reputation for its unusual approach of taking all sorts of performing arts out of traditional venues and creating new contexts for staging and presenting work including in nightclubs, in cupboards, in swimming pools, on top of cars, and on boats. Their work has crossed a broad spectrum of outcomes, from painting hundreds of sheep in candy colours for Latitude Festival in the UK, to programming parkour runners at the Tate Modern and putting a thirty-piece choir on a Ferris Wheel.
In the last couple of years, Supple Fox have made a move into developing their own installation work. In 2015 they created a large-scale immersive sound installation under the title of Bass Bath in collaboration with sound artist Byron Scullin. In June 2017, this collaboration will continue with a new project called Siren Song, a composition made up of the voices of Deborah Cheetham, Tanya Tagaq and Carolyn Connors to be played across 550 speakers and a helicopter sound system at sunrise and sunset for 10 days of Dark Mofo.
The company’s work often deals with group dynamics and facilitating connection via collective experience. In their own words:
“As society continues to become more divided by the isolating nature of information technology we have become acutely aware of power of community. No matter how utopian or temporal the communities are that we create space for, they are nonetheless a reminder of the importance of the authenticity of human interaction. We try and keep that intention of making space for people to experience art socially in a way that isn’t forced, at the front of our minds when approaching programming for festivals or devising an installation from the ground up.”
Their current projects include continued roles as Creative Associates for Dark Mofo, a theatre commission for the Arts Centre Melbourne, consulting on a large scale multi disciplinary arts festival to take place in Melbourne in 2019 and developing a touring art work with public art company Urban Art Projects.