Ashley 

  Bartholomew  

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VIDEO WORK

Internet promo for interdisciplinary performance project

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.

EXPERIMENTAL SOUND

PERFORMANCE

Melbourne Fringe Festival - 2017

This was a group of self funded events that provided open space for early career artists and creative talents to put their art or ideas into a public space. A platform people to gather, experience or exhibit art without expectations of validity or artistic merit. A experiment in free creative pursuits and community organization.

 

The project was inspired by my experiences in some of the most esteemed progressive art and culture festival's around the world. The spirit and the passion from these events provoked questions around raising community spirit and how to engage with the suburban fragmentation in big cities. So i organized 'Lebenserfahrung', translating to 'the experience of life happening'. The event nights gave space to a small fringe community to exhibit creative work, and was a means to recreate the art festival experience in a suburban household.

 

CREATIVE

COMMUNITY

ART EVENTS

Self Funded Project 2015-2016

VIDEO ART - SOUND COMPOSITION

Independent Release - 2018

INDEPENDENT LP

Bandcamp Release - 2017

A work for the ambient soundscape genre. My aims were to make soundscapes that would take the listener into deeper states of consciousness and explore unique aural dimensions.

Technically, I interpreted David Bowie's experimental lyrics editing technique. From what i can remember, it was a system of randomized results which he used to put words together to create lyrics that would never have been analytically conceived. It was a fascinating experiment that has stayed with me and i thought it could interesting way to explore the arrangement of the album.

 

So i decided make up my own system using vocal lines instead of lyrics. Part of the parcel on MoVEment.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE

Independent gig next to Dark Park - 2018

This work included a masseuses and two hairdressers that used trade skills to give soul soothing massages and hair cuts, whilst becoming dominatrix-esqe performance artists.

 

Paying clients could choose to have their hands bound, mouth and eye's covered, be fed a drink, be whipped or spanked, have ice and feathers tease sensitive areas of the body, while getting a massage, mystery haircut or style. The clients were brave as the work ended up being an open exhibition for people coming out of Dark Park.

 

The general reaction was that the work was a performance artwork, upon further reflections, they would see that it was also a paid service and an artwork. Reactions were varied, but more often than not, people were engrossed by the unfolding events and performance.

The interior of the salon was redesigned to heighten the experience. A classic  dungeon red lighting design was used,  and  a dirty-industrial-dark ambient playlist was blasting. The exterior setting was made to accentuate the inside and go with theme of the surrounding festival. A dark ambient soundscape was created and played to raise the tension and build atmosphere for the spectators.

SOCIAL MEDIA

VIDEO ART-SOUND

DIARY

2018-ongoing