ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Emma Ramsay looks to the tropes of performance in realms of art and music, and how we can take ownership of these in an affective arts practice, curatorial projects and collaborations with other artists and non-artists. Her practice often extends into works where there is a fluidity is encouraged or acknowledged between audience, artist and performer using video, installation, sound design and interview and operate through personal friendships.
Emma is one of the founding directors of experimental arts initiative Quarterbred which soon evolved to become the national live arts festival, Tiny Stadiums, co presented by PACT Centre For Emerging Artists. Ramsay’s work has been exhibited and has performed at galleries such as Firstdraft Sydney, 55 Sydenham Rd, Joint Hassles Melbourne, Tinning St Gallery Melbourne, the MCA Sydney and Artspace, Woolloomooloo.
Emma has been long intertwined in the experimental DIY arts and music scene in Sydney, and is member of wayward dance band Holy Balm with artists Anna John and Jonathan Hochman. Their debut LP is released on US label Not Not Fun records and RIP Society, Australia. The band toured the USA nationally in March this year, playing showcases at SXSW Festival Austin, TX, and in rock venues, warehouses, yoga centres and frat houses. A follow up 12inch will be released on Michael Ozone’s Melbourne based label Home Loan Records in Summer 2014. Holy Balm have performed at The Biennale of Sydney in 2010, The Sydney Opera House as part of Otherfilm’s ‘Brilliant Journeys’ program and has supported Japanese experimental band The Boredoms. Her new music outfit Red Belly Black Snake will debut at this year’s Sound Summit 2013, and will be a key speaker on a panel about current waves of local electronic and dance focussed music in Sydney.
Emma has performed in collaborations with artists Joel Stern, Anthony Guerra and solo under the name Regie at experimental music nights for The Now Now Festival, High Reflections (Serial Space), Refraction (UTS) and Electrofringe at TINA 2009.
Recent collaborations include costuming for Jennifer Mae Hamilton as part of the Performance Space ‘Walks’ season, and dramaturg for Jess Olivieri and The Parachutes for Ladies for Sydney Festival’s ‘Micro Parks’ season and sound design for Rafaella Pandolfini’s video installation “One’s Own Dual’ 2013.
Alex has a substantial history in organising and curating including art and sound events including as a co-director of Serial Space where he invigorated the ARI with the presentation of over 100 events in 2009/2010 establishing the identity and focus of Serial Space as a development and presentation space for experimental hybrid art forms.
Alex was a co-director of Electrofringe Festival in 2007 and 2008 where he brought a focus to community based experimental art forms, analog video art, dance utilising computer vision and established a program of residencies and new work development in the festival.
Alex is a co-organiser of Moduluxxx – Modular Synthesis Festival with Pia van Gelder, a festival that celebrates modular synthesisers, the festival debuted in 2012.
Alex has also organised and curated a range of sound and music events including the High Reflections series with Caleb Kelly in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Liquid Architecture Sydney in 2008, and various one off events including Super Deluxe for the Sydney Biennale in 2010.
Alex is the founder of and project consultant for the Lion Mountain Studio project, a community based music initiative that works with people from a refugee background assisting them to create their own music. The project has been highly successful with the album ‘Sounds of the Lion’ released in 2012 achieving album of the week on FBi Radio in Sydney and much airplay on JJJ and various community radio stations. Music from the project has recently been used in a major advertising campaign enabling the project to achieve a level of independent non grant based financial security.
Alex also creates his own work in the form of sound performances, video art and gallery based interactive AV installations. He currently works for the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia as Operations Coordinator on the Digital Radio Project.
Image: Lucy Parakhina and Performance Space 2013