Can you describe your work in five words?
Technology, performance, ritualistic, body, transformation
What is your typical process when working?
We spend a lot of time knitting our conceptual interests to our studio experiments. Once we have constructed a conceptual narrative, and when we have found the right technological medium to express it, we then start to work towards performing the piece.
Everything begins with the body – the design of the characters which feature in the performance, but we also work intimately with sound and technological design, as the fantasy happens when we mix these three constituent elements as much as possible.
Then it is rehearsal time. The entire team work together as a collaborative unity, exchanging ideas until we feel the piece is finished to present to the world.
What is it that attracted you to the Winter Pride UK 2014 Art Awards?
The fact that the awards are open to all artists and performers regardless of their sexuality – this challenges artists to express themselves and create pieces that are adventurous and provocative, and
we look forward to participating in this inspirational event which combines visual arts and performance in a world-class setting.
How do you feel your work responds to the brief ‘#Art Is…’
We believe that multimedia and digital art is an adventurous way to explore mediums and ideas, whilst creating a unique experience for the public. The performance piece we are presenting is our very first interactive, multi-media project. We have tried to make it as immersive as possible, inviting the audience into an imaginative journey, immersing them in hypnotic performance, aiming to inspire something challenging within the viewer.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
We think we should explain our influences in 3 main categories:
Performance – Ancient rituals, shamanism, ethnic & primitive way of thinking and creating
Fashion/body – We love fashion artist that works with body as a sculpture; Irish van Herpen, Nick cave and Lucy Mcgrae to name a few.
Technology – We get a lot software inspiration from Open frame works community. Chunky Move and Klaus Obermaier are our big inspiration for digital performances
What are you most looking forward to at Winter Pride UK 2014?
We are very excited to share our performance with the Winter Pride community at such a unique celebration of creativity. Although our work deals with themes of androgyny and the blurring of gender
distinctions, this is the first time we are have been invited to participate within an art event in the LGBT social calendar – we are excited to showcase our work, and discover new important artists.
Interview by Alice Botham, Winter Pride UK Arts Co-ordinator