Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster
By Nicola Gunn
24/25/26 October 2014 (TBC)
Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster is the second work in a trilogy by performer Nicola Gunn that explores the relationship between ‘being’ and ‘doing’. Nicola is working with Punctum in Castlemaine to develop and present the early stages of the work through Punctum’s Seedpod residency program. According to Gunn “the trilogy documents my fumbling and naïve attempts to understand the moral complexities of trying to be a better human. “
The focus of this work is the politics of peace. In speaking about the work Gunn says: “…in my original thinking about obsolescence, relevance, usefulness and value systems, I began teasing out their inherent tensions, what they share and how they can rub up against each other. It’s these tensions that I’ll be exploring on a more universal scale. ”
Created with choreographer Jo Lloyd, Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster is a solo performance work that will use humour to dissect a very serious subject.
Nicola Gunn is a Melbourne-based live artist and performance maker. She creates work that blends participatory performance, live art, video and installation to explore the fragility of the human condition with subversive humour. The starting process is often a written text or idea imagined responding to a self-generated impulse to tell a story or explore a form. She draws mainly from her experience to create “autobiographical fiction.” Nicola has received critical acclaim for a genre of sophisticated performance: including At the Sans Hotel (2010-2011), Hello my name is (2012), In Spite of Myself (2103) and Green Screen (2014). Tours include Wellington, Chrsitchurch, Berlin, Dublin, Rotterdam, Edinburgh and throughout Australia, Canada and the US. Nicola is lead artist and Artistic Director of performance, art and design collective SANS HOTEL, and is committed to site-specific and experimental work. In 2013 she was awarded an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowship. She is presently completing her Masters of Art in Public Spaces at RMIT.
Jo Lloyd has been performing and choreographing throughout Australia and overseas since graduating from the VCA in 1995. Her work has been presented in Japan, Hong Kong, Dance Massive, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Next Wave, and Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces Program. Jo presented FUTURE PERFECT in Dance Massive 2013, the work received several Green Room Award nominations and Best Dance Performance in The Age and Dance Australia. Jo has performed extensively in the works of Shelley Lasica, Chunky Move and Sandra Parker. Jo was the recipient of two Asialink Performing Arts Residencies (2004-5) and the Dancehouse Residency, creating 'Melbourne Spawned a Monster' (Dance Massive 2009). In 2008 she presented the successful 'Apparently That's What Happened' (Arts House) and in 2010 curated '24 HOURS', which featured on ABC’s Art Nation. This year Jo choreographed for David Rosetzky’s work 'Half Brother' for the CCP, presented '24 Hour NOISE' at Chunky Move, performed in Shelley Lasica’s VIANNE AGAIN and was an Artistic Associate for Nicola Gunn's 'In Spite of Myself' for the Melbourne Festival.