What happens if people have free expression through movement and are dancing to the same song, same rhythm, same emotion in a amplified space?
It began with the vision of two dancers within a room of eternal white light.
The space was built with ease by an extremely talented set designer, which was aimed to clear the mind and help each dancer transcend into a deeper level of being. I then asked some friends who also happened to be expressive nimble human being how liked to dance if they were interested. The only direction’s that were given before the experiment was to listen to Dead Can Dance’s The Host of Seraphim (the soundtrack to the experiment), to abandon the idea of a choreography and to allow whatever expression or movement to happen in the moments of the experiment.
On the day, the dancers came at different times of the day. I didn’t want any insight into the introduction of the process, the space itself or the end result. Each dancer warmed up for about two hours, a similar aim but with different moods and genres, then we recorded.
It’s hard to say that whether the links that i have see over repeated observations of the footage are my own want to see a relationship. It’s an interesting question in itself into perception, but in the end, it’s the observations and interpretations of the viewer that give this footage it’s meaning.
Many many thanks to Courtney Halsted, Dana Kronental and Tania Tobiano for their time and passion. Thanks to Dead Can Dance and 4AD for not suing me for the not for profit use of their track.
Submissive Salon I & II
Collaborations with Eye Am Hair salon. Installation art and hairdressing coming together to create a unique sensory and emotion journey for participants.
An independent event that drew inspiration from Dark Mofo atmosphere and mid winter celebration. The work is about letting go of control and opening up to the sensual. Hair, body and senses were submitted to hairdressers and masseurs. Not a sexual tease or deep pain exploration, but a sensory and psychological dive into what a stranger can do with your body. Hands can be tied, mouth and eye’s covered, varying degrees of touch with ice and feathers used. Given along side a massage, haircut or style without a mirror.
A installation of sound and lighting was chosen to heighten the mood and energy for all involved in the performance. Industrial, high energy, sombre and dirty. Original compositions are created for the outside space where enchanted voyeurs enjoy the teasing and testing of masked participants.
In it’s second year, the concept developed and ramped up. Whether it was conscious or not, the hairdressers and masseurs took their role as performance artists to another level. The experience of the participants were generally ecstatic and the atmosphere around the salon was buzzing throughout the festival.
An installation artwork come hair salon that experimented with the biophila experience on a multi dimension level. The work explored the effect of plants on physical, emotional and psychological levels. It provided participants different sensations that stimulated the experience of biophila, while getting their hair cut or styled.
In the documentation, you see that plant life was a major factor of the installation and had a great effect on the visual sense. On a physical level, the 30-40 plants created changes to the oxygen and humidity levels, creating an inner and outer body experience. In this video you hear parts of the soundscape that was playing throughout the installation. This was setup to acoustically represent a realistic aural experience of hearing and explored a vast number of auditory environments of the non human world. Clothing and accessories were chosen to accentuate the experience, coordinating the colours and materials of what would be worn to represent a visual and tactile reminder of clothing’s roots from plants.
To take the work further, we incorporated actions during the hairdressing services that continued to build upon and explore the biophilla experience. This included silence between hairdresser and participant to allow for a deeper sensory experience, a copal smoking (an act of purification and connection that was developed my the Mayan’s), a tea offering, a misting of water and a totem of nature to be held throughout the experience.
Mona Foma 2019 – Agora Market Area
The idea was to explore performance boundaries by making an entire venue space a stage. Near darkness was chosen as a fundamental to explore and remove the visual divisions between audience and performer. Light in some degree was still relevant to the experiment, so we explored darkness to just visible to light traces, and found that we could distort and disturb the visual sense into a evaporating field of perception. Sound wise, the nights explored trance like states through vocal sound improvisation techniques and improvised movement relating to the sound. The lack of vision being key to becoming more comfortable within the performance to go deeper within the sound, movement and expression.
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017 – Hosted by Testing Grounds
Lebenserfahrung was a group of self funded underground events that provided open space to early career artists and creative talents to put their art or ideas into a public space. A place were like minded folk were encouraged to gather, socialize and experiment with absolute freedom.
The project was inspired by my recent travels to a number of the world’s most progressive art and culture festival’s. The spirit and the passion from these events really made me question how i could contribute to the world, the level of thought seemed to be on an heightened perspective and i thought, why can’t this be created in a suburban setting? So i decided to organize a group of one off night events that could hopefully stretch and bend the status quo and instill a similar experience. Coincidentally life lined up in a number of ways, i had a group of friends that had a lot of free time to involve themselves in my strange vision and a perfect grungy gallery space that was both house and playground.
More than anything, the events were a platform for people to gather, experience or exhibit art without the ‘art’ scene, and to be inspired by free creative pursuits, however big or small.
We didn’t make any money, we turned my house upside down and created some really unique nights.
A document on the movement of Qi, the energy force that is moved in the martial arts practices of Qi Gong and Tai chi. The movements captured explore trained Qi Gong movement. The video explores the relevance of the video documentation of this ancient conceptual idea.