Artist’s statement

Image by James Casey

Image by James Casey

I am a film and performance maker with a background in contemporary and improvised dance. My current interests as an artist coalesce around the choreographic potential of the everyday body. I explore this potential through single screen video works and, in a new departure, in live performance. I am interested in the human as a moving or dancing subject and in communicating something of the uniqueness and poetry of individual experience through the moving being.

I approach choreographic potential in an almost anthropological manner, seeing dance and non-dance movement, the ‘real’ world and the world of culture as equally rich sources of material. I am interested in the expressive possibilities of a tension between the ‘real’ body and “the pleasure of the dance”, as described by British filmmaker Miranda Pennell, a choreographic crafting of material in time and space (real or profilmic).

Being interested in cameras, I am also interested in the tensions between the real live body and the media-ted body. Being interested in cameras I am interested in the body in the world, in the landscape, as landscape, and in the similarities between the camera frame and visual art artifacts – paintings/photographs.

Current investigations focus on the live and the live media‑ted body (seen in a projected image) in the same performance; what effects does the juxtaposition of the two have on the audience’s experience of presence (both live and in the camera space), and time. In these new investigations, the image-making equipment – cameras, tripods, projectors, cables and more – have become part of the set and the performance and take on a sculptural presence. I am interested in the fact that these means of creation are often hidden in the finished artwork, however, these objects – and their manipulation/control – have a power to represent and transform.

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