Tricyclic Transform @ Modern Panic, 21/10/17

I’ll be performing a short 20 minutes version of Tricyclic Transform as part of Panic Sermons Act II : A collection of riotous acts by ground breaking live art practitioners. I have the feeling I’ll be the lil’ Drag Sissy and old fashioned tea-sipping torch singer having a mild neurotic attack among all the big bad body-artists 😀

Part of Modern Panic by Guerilla Zoo
Participating Live Artists
Saturday 21 October, 19:00–23:00
Apiary Studios
458 Hackney Road, E2 9EG London, United Kingdom
Facebook Event
Tickets £12

Tricyclic Transform – A Genderqueer Musical Cabaret – Trailer from Melanie Menard on Vimeo.

Tricyclic Transform at Transnational Queer Underground, Tallinn, Estonia

Tricyclic Transform continues its roll of touring with the ‘physical exhibition’ #TheGalleryProject of online project Transnational Queer Underground. The first exhibition was hosted in Tallinn, Estonia, and TQU are looking for host museums/galleries in various countries to host the project. Please contact them if your organisation can help!

TQU made a really swanky pdf catalogue of all the work. Download it for free!

Some pictures of my work in context:

And a local visitor to the show! I love wild birds and wish I could travel to Tallinn if such beautiful creatures dwell there 🙂

Tricyclic Transform at #SheFest2017 Sheffield

Tricyclic Transform photos and video shown at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield for their International Women’s day feminist show #SheFest2017

Exhibition 2-15 March 2017.

Film screening, Saturday March 11th, 6-8pm.

SheFest 2017 in collaboration with 35 Chapel Walk presents ‘In Plain Sight’, an exhibition to challenge, persist and celebrate. SheFest is a flagship celebration as part of International Women’s Day, promoting gender equality and developing supportive networks for self-defining women.

It is important to celebrate the empowerment of women and the steps that we are making with progressive feminism. However, it is also essential that we highlight and challenge the problems that women all over the world still face every day as a result of patriarchy and misogyny. ‘In Plain Sight’ brings together a diverse variety of national and international artists to make a stand against restrictive, destructive and anti-progressive societal “norms” and pressures applied by androcentric values and politics.

Virginia Woolf once famously said; “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman”. Well no more. ‘In Plain Sight’ captures the current unrest amongst women today and encourages persistence in the face of ever challenging patriarchal adversities.

Patriarchy: A system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
Misogyny: Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.
Androcentric : Something that is focused or centred on men.

Video Archive of Tricyclic Transform ‘scratch livestream’ for #Cam4Art at Dissenters’ Gallery

Video Archive of Tricyclic Transform ‘scratch livestream’ for #Cam4Art at Dissenters’ Gallery, 8-11 December.

Dissenters’ Gallery
391 Ladbroke Grove
London W10 5AA

Thursday 8th December 2016 – Sunday 11th December 2016
Gallery opening times:
10:00 – 17:30 Thursday to Saturday
10:00 – 17:00 Sunday)

Or watch the video archive on youtube!

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#cam4art broadcasts performances live from bedrooms, galleries, schools and anywhere with a webcam and an internet connection.

#cam4art 2016 is an online webcam-based performance art event taking place between Friday 25th to Wednesday 30th November that responds to digital intimacy and internet culture. It is a unique event that grants artists the autonomy to broadcast from bedrooms/schools/galleries and anywhere with a webcam and an internet connection.

During the event, a link on cam4art.com will direct viewers to a live-stream site where artists from across the world will stream their performances live. Subsequently, each performance will be documented and archived on the #cam4art website for viewers to watch after the live-stream has ended.

The Dissenters’ Gallery exhibition presents the output from the event breaking the connection to the internet and allowing individuals and group audiences to view and discuss the work face-to-face.

Tricyclic Transform @ Visions in the Nunnery, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts London, 24-30 November

Tricyclic Transform shown at Visions in the Nunnery exhibition at Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, 24-30 November.

It’s not every day you get to share the bill with Marina Abramović (or rather, Marina Abramović deigns to share the bill with you.. 😉 )

Part of Programme 2, running 24-30 November
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 10-5pm
Address: The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Website | Full Programme

Private view: Thursday 24, 6-9pm. Facebook event. | EventBrite.
I can’t make it to the private view but I’ll visit the exhibition on Saturday 26th around noon as I’ll be in London that day.

Visions in the Nunnery is a renowned showcase of contemporary moving image and performance work, returning to the Nunnery Gallery, London for a special celebratory tenth edition this October. Selected from over 1500 world-wide submissions, combined with a star-studded list of invited artists and previous exhibitors, the show will present a unique and exciting platform for cutting edge digital and performance art.

Excerpt from Program 2 Press Release:

Visions Programme 2 explores the diverse methods and approaches artists use to address theparadoxes, contradictions and possibilities of image-making and representation in a ‘post-digital world’. Often working with anod to processes and contexts of the recent past, work tackles the politics of identity, place, nostalgia and negotiating alternative world-views.

Melanie Menard, Ope Lori and Stacey Guthrie’s works focus on identity, sexuality, power, difference and the creation of alter-egos. In an attempt to negotiate gender roles, binary structures, inequality and performativity, the films use humour, theatricality and absurdity to draw attention to these moments of creation, destruction and equilibrium.

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Grassroot Stop Brexit

After the initial shock of the referendum results, pro-Remain MPs are starting to wake up, with David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham sounding like the progressive voice of reason. The prioriy right now is not what faction of the Labour party David Lammy belongs to, or whether you prefer another party altogether, the priority is to think rationally and practically in terms of the most probably chains of consequences if the UK follows through with Brexit and do what we can to help anyone who makes their priority to try and stop it.

If you care about trying to save the UK, please do as David Lammy says to help him: sign the petition asking for a second referendum and email your MP asking them to consider the ADVISORY result of the referendum together with other sources of evidence (expert advices about the economic consequences of Brexit, the leave campaigners already backtracking on their NHS and immigration promises ON THE BASIS OF WHICH THE PEOPLE VOTED LEAVE, the risk of Scotland getting their independence and the UK collapsing, a new ‘lost generation’ of under 24s and, in a lesser measure, under 35s, dragged out of the EU against their will and having to suffer the consequences for decades).

If you are short on time, please feel free to use as a template the letter to my own MP copied below. There is a generic template suitable to any Pro-Remain MP (my MP is a Tory) with an added paragraph if your MP is on the left (I also emailed Caroline Lucas from Brighton.)

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Email Template:

Dear [NAME OF YOUR MP],

I am writing to you on my own initiative and not part of a write-in campaign. I signed the petition asking for a second referendum that has now reached 3 million signatures. This petition should be debated in Parliament next week and I urge you, as my MP, a Remain backer [ SATISTICS FOR BRIGHTON: and the representative of a city who voted Remain at 68% with a 74% turnout – REPLACE WITH YOUR CITY’S STATISTICS or delete if your city voted leave], to do everything you can to delay Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty until the British people are fully aware of the new developments regarding the consequences of Brexit, be it by a second referendum asking people to decide on a clear practical Brexit plan instead of an abstract idea, a general election or any other way to stop sending the country into a self-made recession. An initiative in that direction has been started by David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, and I urge you to support his efforts when the petition is discussed in Parliament.

The leave campaigners are already backtracking on their NHS and immigration promises, on the basis of which many people voted to leave, and there is a added threat of the United Kingdom collapsing as a country, with Scotland obtaining its independence. Many leave voters are already having second thoughts with these new developments, but once Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty is triggered, there is no going back, the UK will have to leave the EU within 2 years, regardless of whether the deal it gets meets the original expectations of the leave voters or not.

The result of the referendum is only advisory, therefore I urge you and the vast majority of your fellow MPs who backed Remain to consider it together with other sources of evidence including:

  • the immediate economic chaos that followed the referendum result
  • expert advices about the economic consequences of Brexit
  • the leave campaigners already backtracking on their NHS and immigration promises on the basis of which many people voted to leave and their inability to come up with a realistic practical plan
  • the risk of Scotland getting their independence and the UK collapsing
  • a new ‘lost generation’ of under 24s and, in a lesser measure, under 35s, dragged out of the EU against their will and having to suffer the consequences for decades
  • the threat of ‘brain drain’ from England with skilled workers fleeing to mainland Europe and Scotland due to England expressing its contempt for ‘experts’ and its rejection of international perspective. This would greatly affect the high skill and high growth sectors of all major cities who massively backed Remain (London, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester). Plunging these dynamic cities into recession would only make the whole country poorer, hitting first and foremost the most deprived areas who voted ‘leave’ as a generic protest vote.

I urge you to consider the result of the referendum together with all other sources of evidence, and to take the best course of action to protect the country from self-harm.

[INSERT FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH ONLY IF YOUR MP IS ON THE LEFT, LEAVE OUT FOR PRO-REMAIN TORY MPs]

As a fellow progressive, I recognise the ‘leave’ vote as a protest vote against Tory austerity, but the leave campaigners immediately backtracked on their one anti-austerity promise (more money to the NHS). Therefore, I strongly believe that taking the referendum result to the letter and triggering Article 50 immediately would send the UK into self-destruction: ultra-right wing people like Iain Duncan Smith who single-handedly dismantled the Welfare state in the past 5 years would only get rid of what little workers’ rights the EU offers (such as maternity leave, sick leave, 48 hours week) and the European Convention of Human Rights. The loss of these rights will only make it worse for the people already affected by Tory austerity. Their anger will grow, but because their original protest vote was strongly tainted with xenophobia, it will not take the form of social protests but of right-wing, populist riots most likely involving acts of violence against EU migrants, especially from Eastern Europe.

[CONTINUE FROM HERE WHATEVER YOUR MP’s PARTY ]

With the leave campaigners backtracking on their promises and unable to come up with a practical plan, and the economy already suffering within 3 days, there is a chance to get the moderate leave voters to regret their decision now that they are faced with the full consequences. You and the vast majority of your fellow MPs who back Remain have the power to delay triggering Article 50, and save the country from self-destruction.

Sincerely yours.

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR ADDRESS]

Usurp 5 India screening 19 March 2016

In August 2015, “Ghost House” and “Disciplinary Institutions” were screened at Usurp 5 Festival London. On Saturday 19 March 2016, both films were screened in India at a Festival organised by Usurp 5. I’m only advertising after the fact as I was very busy last week and don’t know anyone who lives in India 🙂

Facebook event for the screening

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Usurp Art from London is thrilled to invite you and your friends to a special screening day of international award winning art films at the iconic and amazing India Habitat Centre, our first time in India. Full programme and running order as below.

Sat 19 March 2pm – 7pm
Experimental Art Gallery,
India Habitat Centre Delhi
Drop in anytime
FREE – ALL WELCOME

Featuring films by artists from over 15 countries inc. Jordan, Spain, Argentina, Germany, India, Peru, South Africa, Japan, Britain. Think – abstract, activist, animated, collage, conceptual, cut-ups, environmental, glitch, graffiti, identity, outsider, performance, poetry, rebellious, sci-art, scratch, silent,
sonic, subversive, surreal, synesthetic,
video art…

Usurp Zone5 Film Festival was originally supported by Film Hub London, Film London, BFI Fan Audience Network. This iteration is solely funded by Usurp Art Gallery, which is a member of Film Hub London and a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema.

Address: Lodhi Road, Near Airforce Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

New Digital project: interactive video

I made a standalone interactive video webapp with AngularJS and Videogular.

A Live demo is now available, with a temporary video (a mute version of the Ghost House video) and random scenes. The creative side still needs to be done, I need to find an appropriate concept to use this code with: probably a journey into someone’s mind as they take decisions, or a maze of some sort.

If you’re into that sort of things 😉 you can find the code on bitbucket and a brief technical explanation here: I overlayed a UI layer made with Angular views and router on top of a HTML5 video powered by Videogular. The UI layer controller retrieves the scene structure (with start and stop timings) from a JSON file via a custom service and displays custom UI for each scene offering the user to go to various other scenes. When the user clicks on a UI element, the router goes to another scene and the UI controller dispatches an event saying the scene has changed. The video controller catches the event, plays the video sequence associated to the new scene, and dispatch an event at the end of the sequence.

This project has its own page under ‘Digital Media’ where updates will (very slowly) be posted.