Produced an interactive moving image and performance event for Oreet Ashery, a London-based artist.
Oreet Ashery: Party for Freedom was a commissioned Artangel project that ran May 1 - June 22, 2013.
Chelsea College of Art and Design is hosting Oreet Ashery’s Party for Freedom, an itinerant work that combines live performance with moving-image and an original album soundtrack. Somewhere between a travelling cinema and theatre troupe, a kiss-a-gram and a takeaway delivery service, it is loosely based on Vladimir Mayakovsky’s 1921 play Mystery-Bouffe, telling the story of the Clean and the Unclean. Party for Freedom explores performances of liberation and the exposure of the political ideas around nakedness (including full nudity, flashing lights and sexual content). The work also responds to the changing landscape of Dutch politics following the assassinations of controversial politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 and film director Theo van Gogh in 2004, and the ensuing popularity of Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician and leader of the far-right Partij Voor de Vrijheid [Party for Freedom].
Including newly commissioned punk, experimental and contemporary classical music by Finnish composer Timo-Juhani Kyllönen, all-girl post-punk band Woolf and London-based musician Morgan Quaintance, the Party for Freedom moving-image work features an irreverent array of characters and scenarios, developed through workshops and filmed in the lush setting of a 13th-century church in the English countryside. Questioning the currencies of perceived Western freedom, the work draws on trash aesthetics, leftist sentiments grounded in the 1960s and 1970s avant-garde, the hippy movement and far-right populist claims positing Islam and immigration as a threat.
OREET ASHERY is a London-based interdisciplinary visual artist. Ashery's practice is socially and politically engaged, often takes place in public spaces or situations, and tends to include participatory and interactive elements. She exhibits, performs, intervenes and screens her work extensively in an international context, including the Liverpool Biennial, ZKM, Tate Modern, Brooklyn Museum, Pompidou Centre, Freud Museum and the National Review of Live Art. Ashery's work has been discussed in numerous art, academic and cultural publications. Her own publications include Dancing with Men: Interactive Performances, Interactions and Other Artworks (Live Art Development Agency, 2009), and The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, a collaborative graphic novel with Larissa Sansour (Charta, 2009), an expanded project including live events, solo exhibitions and residencies.