STEPHEN CUMMINS RESIDENCY 2019
The residency supports a queer artist to make significant strides towards creating a new performance work during a two-week residency at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. The artist will be partnered with an experienced mentor and receive financial, technical and curatorial support.
2019 residency artist is…
Nina Buchanan’s performance practice is sound and music based, exploring the intersection between analogue synthesis, dance music, contemporary digital production, and classical composition. Nina has performed extensively in clubs, pubs, festival and gallery contexts around Australia, including Pink Bubble, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Obsidian Festival, Liquid Architecture and Melbourne Music Week.
Nina is interested in the potential for music to create communal emotional space for queer and feminist communities. Queer music is often associated with the club, and while this continues to be an important space for queer culture (and her own practice) – Nina is also interested in creating spaces beyond the club for community gathering around music, with a focus on accessibility, deep listening, and shared emotional experience. Nina is interested in centering intuitive, contemplative and deeply grounded experiences of queerness, and celebrating the power of vulnerability and care. Nina’s practice is engaged in connection, healing, resistance and celebration.
During the Stephen Cummins Residency, Nina will be developing a new work, Higher, as a follow up to Falling Forever (performed at Campbelltown Arts Centre). This work aims to create a deeply immersive, emotive sound environment, making use of the dynamics of quadraphonic sound and electronic instrumentation. Using arpeggiated synths, ambient textures and ecstatic melodic composition, Higher will be a complex and layered experience. The work will contribute to the development of queer music culture in Australia beyond the club, following the lead of experimental queer artists William Baskinski, Arca and Arthur Russel. With this work, Nina will carve out space for quiet queer existence, healing, and collective celebration.
Image: Nina Buchanan. Photograph by Shea Kirk.
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