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Year: 2002-2005, 76 mins
Code: NY-K
ISBN: 978-1-922007-14-8

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Multi Media Play Inspired by contemporary events and refracted through Franz Kafka's The Trial, not yet it's difficult (NYID) decodes the matrix of technology and society. K fuses hard-core physical action, digital technology, sonic achitectures and new texts to portray the dark, humorous and violent world of democracy in the Information Age. Part social realism, part science fiction, part fable, part documentary, K lays bare our fragile social apparatus in a hyper-real tsunami of savage absurdism.

The video is a performance recording of the 2002 Melbourne season.
World premiere Touring Exhibition Hall, Melbourne
Museum Australia Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 2002
Europe Kunsthalle Vienna Festwochen 2003
Asia Arco Theatre, Seoul Performing Arts Festival Korea 2005

NYID Entry Working under the artistic direction of David Pledger, not yet it's difficult (NYID) is one of Australia's leading independent arts companies recognised as as a pioneer in the development of contemporary theatre, art form hybridisation, creative utilisation of new media, cross-cultural dialogue and new models of international collaboration.

Over the long term, the company has developed seminal dramaturgical strategies for applying a unique methodological approach to the research, development and making of physical performance. From the mid-1990s, the company led the way in the integration of media in live performance and, in its most recent phase, it has created screen-based visual art projects in which a performative element is integrated into the artwork through lo and hi-tech, and interactive modes of presentation. These development streams are not mutually exclusive. They flow in parallel and often intersect causing change and evolution, developing an oeuvre that is distinctive, innovative and adventurous. This dedicated approach has placed NYID at the forefront of experimental companies in the independent international arts scene.

In Australia, NYID have led the challenge to mainstream representations of culture in society and forged Asian-Australian engagements where they have originated workable systems for complex international artistic collaborations. The consistent and profound engagement with Asia features projects of exchange, collaboration and co-production in Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia. The company has also developed and/or presented work in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Slovenia, Hawaii, Brazil, England and Ireland.

Founded in 1995 by Pledger, Peter Eckersall and Paul Jackson, NYID have produced almost 50 local, national and international projects including original performance works, plays, public space projects, workshop and research programs, interactive cinema, television and site-specific screen-based installations.


"a compelling, fiercely satirical exploration, an horrific Fellini-esque carnival of logical conundrums and double-talk, the political gut-kick of the Melbourne Festival." Real Time

"a fascinating and disturbingly powerful production...one of those rare moments of theatrical magic" Vibewire

"...as densely effective as it is a blunt, uncompromising indictment of contemporary democracy. K is a fervid, TV-studio, distopian essay on the death of true political engagement, an extravagant, carnivalesque re-working of the problem of the individual being read by culture and politics played out in a sexy TV studio whose surrounds provided the perfect setting for the political violence we endure everyday watching Howard on CNN." Inpress

"..an ingenious modernisation of Kafka's classic text, a savage satire." The Age

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