Hotelling is a new sport, a game for an adult audience, an alchemy of contemporary art and cultural hospitality set in Surfers Paradise hotels that recreate their reality every day.
The site is the lead character.
The 2016 protagonist is QT Hotel, a highly theatrical establishment, its identity is ‘designer-detail’ and highly inclusive. In the way its spaces interact, in the designer benches that greet you on every floor, in the lollipop costumes worn by staff, it shouts PLAYGROUND. Very Gold Coast, very showy, colourful, stylish, sensual, just the sensibility required to run a 48 hour rollercoaster of eclectic happenings in all corners of the hotel, top-to-bottom, left-to-right, inside-out.
The 2017 protagonist is Peppers Soul, a 6-star luxury hotel that imperiously shadows the adjacent beach. It’s the perfect setting for Richard Hightower’s 118th birthday party. Decadent, luxurious, permissive and transgressive, Hightower’s longevity owes everything to high-quality cosmetic surgery and black market organ transplants. His life resonates the dissonance of Western Civilisation and his celebration is a symbol of its majesty and decline. High Tower Hotelling is part wake, part grande bouffe, part end-of-days cataclysm, and all party with a capital P.
David Pledger & Louise Bezzina
Moira Finucane (Finucane and Smith)
Claudio Kirac (Art-Work Agency)
Commissioned by City of Gold Coast, produced by Bleached Arts and presented by QT Hotel (2016) and Peppers Soul (2017)