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Terhairium was a installation artwork come hairdressing experience that explored biophila (the conscious and unconscious experience's that humans have in nature).

Using a number of elements, the work explored the nature effect on physical, emotional and psychological levels. It provided willing participants different sensations that stimulated the experience of biophila, while getting their hair cut or styled.


In the documentation, you can see that plant life was a major factor of the installation. On one level this greatly effected the visual sense, on the 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. 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.

To take the installation further, we incorporated elements and 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. The hair products and holistic treatments that were used, contained the purest quality ingredients that had zero level's of toxicity.

Terhairium

Installation- Hair Art

MONA FOMA 2019

Submissive Salon

Performance- Installation- Hair Art- Sound

Independent gig next to Dark Park

After the Silent Salon Project*, the Eye Am Hair salon started to operate in Macquarie Point, a space right next to Dark Mofo's Dark Park event. I thought that this could be an opportune moment to continue experimenting with the concept hair salon and a chance to draw inspiration from the Dark Mofo event.

 

Submitting control of your hair, body and senses to hairdressers is something that is done with every cut to a degree. I thought why not explore these boundaries further with services that would explore other sensory and psychological limits, and explore how people let go of their control.

 

The work included a masseuses and two hairdressers that used their trade skills as usual, while 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 come artwork. Reactions were varied, but more often than not, people were engrossed by nature of the events taking place.

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.

 

*(see project section in composition works)

Lebenserfahrung

Experimental micro-festival events

live performance, new media, installation, painting, performance

Curator-producer

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 experience creativity.

 

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.

    

 

Olfactory & Verbal Language

Memory Experiments

Installation- Performance

The Synchronicity of Movement

and Expression, through Sound

Dance-Installation-Video - 6.53mins

Hearing the right words at the right time. This is an interesting concept,  when a situation eventuates, where information or a memory is triggered at just the right moment for you to process something significant in your life. Synchronicity, coincidence, deja vu, the light bulb moment. No matter what your interpretation, it’s a thing right? This work was a framework that tried to trigger this situation through verbal language and the sense of smell.

 

It was a sealed room in a exhibition that had been lined with earthly fabrics and light with candles. People would line up and be taken in by in by an attendant. Once they entered the space, they were blindfolded and ask to choose a book from a varied collection and laid down. The attendant would then randomly choose a page and start reading to the participant. After every three paragraphs, the attendant would release a smell under the nose of the participant from a range of sweet, pungent, astringent and acidic items that we gathered. After about 10-15 minutes, the session concluded and we discussed the experience.

 

We had some interesting interpretations. A large percentage experienced a recollection of old memories, and a transformation to their youth because of the reading. Some attendees just had a relaxing experience. In the end, it was just a collection of experiences that were triggered by the submission to a immersive environment and a strangers invitation. The common afterthought was that it is possible to navigate our life’s to make these insights a regular occurrence and perhaps there are certain states of consciousness that allow us to be more open to the answers we seek.

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 i knew were comfortable in front of a camera and could easily explore expression through dancing if they were interested. That was it. The only direction's 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 movements to happen, in the moments of filming.

 

On the day, the dancers came at different times. I didn't want any  insight into the the process, the space itself or the end result. Each dancer warmed up for about two hours, were i played dj and with a similar aim to letting go to sound and being in front of a camera. We then recorded one take for each dancer which is the final work.     

 

It's hard to say that whether the links that i have seen 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. And thanks again to my production team that helped put it together. Thanks to Dead Can Dance and 4AD for not suing me for the not for profit use of their track.

Video Art Works

Music Video and

Short Film

Looks of listening

Music Video Art -

8.36 minutes

This is a music video-documentation of the mixing process in the track  'submissive'. Essentially, it's a real time video of myself listening to the song on different stereos and getting a sense of what the mix sounds like through the different speakers. It is part of the process with making music that may be heard on varying sources that output sound differently. It's a document of the mind at work, reflecting upon frequencies and the organization of sound. 

PORKAAHH

Short Film Documentary -

22.37 minutes

This project developed from a comedic film concept, into a experimental mockmentary on Melbourne’s street art scene. In a sentence, it’s about two best mates exploring an infamous cultural leader in the graphing scene, FKB and his tag "PORKA". Knowingly disregarding any pre-production (to improvise and explore to capture) i had a goliath of an editing job to create a film-documentary-comedy. If anything, it is a testament to making films or anything, just for the fun of it.