‘Tricyclic Transform’ screened at Deep Trash Italia

Saturday 31 January 2014
DEEP TRASH ITALIA #4 Carnivalism
at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, East London
£6 adv. / £8 door
h 19:30-02:00 (last entry midnight)

Deep Trash Italia exhibition-cum-performance-club night pairs up with the start of the Carnival in Venice to transform Bethnal Green Working Men’s club into a babel of masquerades, paradoxes and non-sense to celebrate the disruptive forces of carnivalism.

Carnival is the breaking of norms. Carnival is the carnal; the colour, the mask, the garments and the feathers. Carnival is Commedia dell’Arte, role-play and delirium. Carnival is dressing up and being undressed. Profanity, paganism and anarchy. Carnival is the erotic, the celebration of death and the force of the life-drive.

Drums, bells and cellos announce the first ever event of the year where Venetian Carnival meets London-Punk, joined by Brasil-samba, Japan-Noh, together with Bollywood and Afro-tribalisms. What are the limits of fantasy when reality is chaos?

PERFORMANCES Sisters From Another Mister, Eleanor Fogg, Vivian Chinasa Ezugha, Pi The Mime, Vera Bremerton + Monsterlune Freak Show, Giulio Baistrocchi, Ellie Flory Fawcett and Haus of Sequana. VIDEOS Banfield-Rees, Colette Copeland, Melanie Menard. COSTUMES Designguise and Monsterlune. HOSTING Lewis Burton.

MUSIC (Main Room) Benedicta and SUGO, pump the beats of international hits, with a twist of Italian camp classics and carnival tunes from all over the world.
(Boudoir) Justine and Bamboo Hermann, dig into quirky techno music, experimental beats, dirty house with a touch of kawaiii.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.workersplaytime.net/TICKETS.htm
Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/618527778253133
Organised by http://www.cuntemporary.org/

New project ‘Tricyclic Transform’ at Instants Video, Marseilles, France

A draft cut of my ‘Tricyclic Transform’ video will play at Instants Video Festival in Marseilles (France). This year’s theme is ‘For a free circulation of bodies and desire’ (‘Pour une libre circulation des corps et des désirs’).

‘Tricyclic Transform’ will play on Saturday November 8th at 15h30, part of their gender-themed short film programme ‘Quel(s) genre(s) d’individus sommes-nous?’

‘Tricyclic Transform’ documents the creation and self-destruction of my ‘biologically-challenged drag-queen’ alter-ego Miss Liliane. ‘Tricyclic Transform’ theatricalizes the experience of being genderqueer: the character on screen tries to negotiate restrictive gender-roles by performing symbolic rituals, but the inability of their mind to comfortably inhabit any predefined role causes them to get trapped in an endless loop of repeated, pointless gestures. This mini-performance is a step towards a one-person musical cabaret show still in development.

Version Française:
‘Tricyclic Transform’ documente la création et l’auto-destruction de mon alter-ego “drag-queen biologiquement défaillante” Miss Liliane. “Tricyclic Transform” théatrâlise l’expérience d’être genderqueer: le personnage à l’écran essaie de négocier des roles de genre restrictifs par des rituels symboliques, mais l’incapacité de leur esprit d’habiter confortablement aucun rôle prédéfini les amène à se retrouver piégé dans une boucle sans fin de gestes inutiles et répétés. Cette mini-performance est une étape vers un spectacle solo de cabaret musical encore en développement.

*** Musicians wanted! ***

The video below is a draft cut and marked as ‘pending soundtrack’. The soundtrack is designed to be me singing ‘What makes a man a man’, but I’m held back by my complete inability to play an instrument.

If you are a musician (ideally a piano player, but anything goes, we can make it work together with a bit of creative thinking) into dark cabaret/jazz/queer performance, and interested in collaborating on video soundtracks and ultimately live performance, I’d love to hear from you!

*** Thank you! ***

FEAT group exhibition – Rottingdean Windmill – 3-18 May

4 Photographs from the Ghost House series displayed inside Rottingdean Windmill, as part of the ‘Future Evolutionary Arts Turbine’ exhibition.

My pictures in situ!
Weekends 3-4 10-11 17-18 May, 12 noon – 4.30pm

Private view on Friday 2 May, 6-9 pm, contact me for an invite. I’ll also be invigilating on Sunday 18th if you want to have a chat.

Rottingdean Windmill, Beacon Hill, A 259 Coast Road
Buses: 12, 12a, 14 & 27

Free entry

Part of Brighton Fringe

FEAT @ Rottingdean Windmill 2014

Press Release

F.E.A.T is an art/heritage organisation showcasing 14 contemporary artist’s work at Rottingdean Windmill to coincide with Brighton Fringe Festival. It promises a dynamic show of innovative ideas and artwork in an inspiring and challenging space. We are presenting a diverse range of mediums including, photography, painting, audio and visual works, sculpture, installation art, ceramics, embroidery, screenprinting and an exterior installation outside the mill.

F.E.A.T supports emerging and established artists in a unique site in a Grade II listed windmill, maintained by Rottingdean Preservation Society. The windmill is a black smock mill situated on Beacon Hill on the Brighton to Newhaven A259 coast road. It was erected in 1802 and the last miller finished work here in the early 1880’s. It was saved from demolition by the Marquis of Abergavenny who had the mill renovated in 1905.

Accompanying the exhibition are a number of events; a Windmill talk, Walk & Talk of Rottingdean and a performance by musicians Annie Kerr and Chris Parfitt See website for details.

Contact details: feat2012@hotmail.co.uk

Exhibiting artists: Christine Barnes, Rachel Cohen, Gen Doy, Jaime Etherington, Jim Foster, Jill Guillais, Melanie Menard, Matt Niblett, Kate Orton, Agata Read,
Sujo Remi, Julia Rowe, Helena Tett and Sandra Wright.

For further details:
Website: http://feat09.wix.com/feat09
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/feat09
Twitter: https://twitter.com/feat09

The wheel of Rottingdean Windmill.

Pride in the House at Lauderdale House, Highgate, London, Wed 7 – Sun 18 August

I am part of the Pride in the House show at Lauderdale House alongside painters Frixos Papantoniou and Tim Knight.

I also won a solo show for sometimes in 2014, which means I have to make new work quickly!

I will take part in a ‘meet the artist’ event from 2pm on Sunday August 18th, which is also the last day of the show. Come have a chat if you like! Facebook announcement here.

Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park
Highgate Hill
London N6 5HG

Opening hours:
Wednesday to Friday: 11am to 4pm
Saturdays: 1.30pm to 5pm (subject to private bookings)
Sundays: 10am to 5pm

Article in Out in the city mag

Disciplinary Institutions on the big screen this Thursday in Brighton!!!

‘Disciplinary Institutions’ will play on Thursday August 1st at Duke’s at Komedia Brighton as part of the Brighton Pride 2013 Short Film Compilation. Screening starts at 18h30.

I am thrilled because, although my short films have already played on the big screen, it was at festivals abroad so I never got to see them myself, I only ever saw them on computer screens 🙂

I’m really hoping to be able to meet local independent filmmakers and performers on the night. If you are reading this post and you are a Brighton based underground film maker, an actor or performer, someone who does sound design or composes music, please come talk to me at the bar afterwards! The film selected for the festival is purely visual video art, but I’ve been (slowly 🙁 working on a new project for while. Thanks to the recent heatwave, I nearly finished reading ‘Visionary Film’ by P. Adams Sitney (that’s more than 400 pages of really hardcore reading!) on the beach, and it helped me a lot clarify my ideas. Another post to come on this once I manage to copy my notes scribbled in the margins onto the computer… However a narrative short, even a no budget experimental one like I want to do, is not something I can make on my own like purely visual video art. I need at least 3 performers and a sound person. I probably can manage the camera work and editing by myself, and just use natural lighting cleverly. So really, if you are a Brighton based film or performance person, and you like stuff like David Lynch (my film hero <3 ), Jack Smith, Kenneth Anger, 'The Blue Angel', Ingmar Bergman, Fassbinder, come talk to me! We could work together and make absolutely no money 🙂

My space at the MA Digital Art 2011 show

Below are photographs of my space at the MA Digital Art 2011 show. The Ghost House and Disciplinary Institutions videos loop one after the other on an Imac screen, and I have curated 7 Disciplinary Institutions and 15 Ghost House photographs on the walls.

The show takes place at Camberwell College of Arts, 45-65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF, and is open to public Friday 2 September – Thursday 8 September (closed Sunday 4 September, Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 20.00 / Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00).

See more of our work on our website: http://www.mada2011.com/!

‘Disciplinary Institutions’ showing Wed 17th August in London! (tonight!)

MILLINGTON | MARRIOTT present OPEN film schedule

New Gallery London
92 Peckham road, SE15 5PY
London, United Kingdom

Andrew Hinton – Banking on change (11.44)
James Jarret – Absence of the Star (4.00)
Matthew Verdon – The Adventures of Monica (4.35)
Alex Reuben – Big hair (5.13)
Oliver Smith – Belief Perspective (7.56)
Thomas Kilburn – I could Never Love Again (9.36)
Melanie Menard – Disciplinary Institutions (6.52)
Luke Howlin – Spritz (8.16)
Pete May – Dolly With a Dick (TRANStv) (10.00)
David Altweger – The Twilight Project Chapter One (5.31)