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Lichen Kelp studio


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During her studio, Lichen is working towards Unconformity Festival 2020. With her own residency program, Forum of Sensory Motion, Lichen will travel to Tasmania, exploring the West Coast for 2 weeks in Feb 2020 with artists Jannah Quill, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding. The works will be based around experimental future technologies that can be harnessed to recontextualize the landscape of Queenstown.

Lichen will also work on a project called  ‘E skin’. It is an interactive electronic textile based on cuttlefish skin, which operates as a dazzling invisibility cloak and investigates the act of camouflage as a political practice. The textile will be developed into a wearable costume for performance.

Lichen Kelp’s practice combines performance chemistry – photography, sculpture and performance with curating travelling residencies. In her solo work, she explores chemical reactions, colour chemistry, transformation and phase states. In the group missions, she presents improvised dynamic (performance/dance/music/video) and kinetic (sculptural/ immersive) works resulting from hive-mind thinking and place-based learning while co-living on the move.

Lichen Kelp

November 2019

I am experimenting with sculptural botanicals and transparent coloured materials such as perspex, ice, and liquids. I am developing experiments that can be performed live for an event I am curating and performing at called MULCH: System Garden Performance Picnic. These will be the backdrop, props and costume elements for a dance by Benjamin Hancock with a live score by Dylan Martorell. https://www.forumofsensorymotion.com/mulch-performance-picnic

I am testing out new combinations of materials and how they respond to embodied movement.

I have recently learnt that bees are capable of counting up to 8.