OTHER is a ongoing autobiographical research study of heritage, identity and otherness. As an artist I am interested in referencing Edwards Said’s Orientalism to coin and question my own orientalist ideology of what I believe to constitute being an ‘Indian’. The project is obsessed with the consequence of imposing both symbolic distance between self and the romanticised other. Defining and testing the assumptions of ‘a contemporary Indian’ and what visual and performative messy can be produced by this exploration.
Supported Artists 2014
Moving Monuments is a roller disco with a difference. A one-off event which will see five monumental sculptures put in motion on the dance floor, Moving Monuments is a chance to let your hair down and dance away your cares with some of the biggest and best artworks of the 20th and 21st Century.
We are developing a ‘light and sound playground’. We will be mixing the virtual with the actual by projecting people’s interactions with materials onto mirrored structures that can be further manipulated by the audience. Sound artists will be invited to create a responsive soundscape to the live event.
‘As I continue to use my own self within my work I will look at how I can push myself as an artistic tool beyond ways already displayed in my previous output. I want to develop the already frenetic visuals of my videos to absolute extremes.’
I am a sound artist and musical instrument designer. My specialism, in collaboration with David Morton as MortonUnderwood, is the creation of large, sub-bass instruments. These are often used in a musical context but can also put to darker uses, such as creating disorienting sound installations. Beware the bass.
I will be challenging my own ideas of my identity as a woman, learning to push my perceived limitations with an amalgam of pole dancing, fire skills and a unique audio synthesis. The intention is to create a new work that rejects any apologetic notions I may feel about my body.
It Burns It All Clean is a project about Job Centres, Unemployment and the Benefit System, the first manifestation of an ongoing project exploring what it is about this unique – and oft maligned – space that makes them feel so alienating, when people often come to them at their most vulnerable.
Mario Lanza, opera singer and Hollywood screen star of the 1950s, is remembered by one man in the heart of the Black Country. Iconic drawings of the late great tenor on beer mats are left in public houses throughout the region; AJW is keeping legend alive. onethousandladders wants to help…
I am an Artist, Producer and Project Manager working in England.
My practice encourages discourse about the fertile body and domesticity, engaging Multimedia Live Art and Installation. Influenced by agricultural themes, parenthood, gender, health policies and statistics, I articulate personal connections and taboos. Using striking, explicit and abject imagery I am keen to explore audience’s perception of what ‘rural’ art can be.
An exploration of sensory space and its relationship to place. Physical acts will be used to uncover psychic relationships to places where memories were formed. Strategies will involve data gathering, ritualistic elements, signs and sigils, and the possibilities of sound; in documenting space, and through performance and transmission.
I am exploring presence. I often use gender to explore this, in order to better understand what a gender is and what makes us who we are.
“Love Song “
There is a saying about hearing a pin drop. An anxious moment or pregnant pause before the revelation.
The floor is covered in pins, the performer with a magnetic skirt stands next to a candle on a metal sheet, tries to exit through noise bursts of pin drops.
These are FREE and open to all, not just the Fierce FWD beneficiaries.
Performance duo James Stenhouse and Gemma Pantin of Action Hero and Birmingham based artist Mark Storor, share their personal experience in staying motivated, inspired and staying afloat financially.
Location: Vivid Projects
These artists share the vital role of research in their practice; in both formal and informal contexts, shedding light on how the activity that happens behind the scenes informs their work and methodologies.
Location: Stryx Studios
Writer Diana Damian and online magazine editor James Smith, discuss the relationship of public writing to practice. They will share some examples of writing projects they have been involved in as well as exploring how to communicate your work online.
Location: A3 Projects
- Actionhero extract from their Notebook: ‘How to make a living as an artist’
- The Relationship Between Research and Live Art
Live Art Development Agency hosts a discussion with Dickie Beau and Gavin Butt.
Part of their ‘15 minutes with‘ series
- Sam Trotman
Self Promotion as an artist -Finding Connections…
Education Producer, Arts Admin
- Diana Damian
Fragments of/on process
A short text in six moments, offering fragmented thoughts on critical process
- Institute of Failure
The Institute of Failure is dedicated to the documentation, study and theorisation of failure in all aspects of human endeavour.
- Specific writing by Tim Etchells of Forced Entertainment.
Forced entertainment will be featured at Fierce Festival – UK premiere
- The Coming Insurrection: polemical text by The Invisible Committee