Alison Ballard


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THE INNER VOICE

80% or people hear an inner voice when we read. A number of speed-reading web-based apps now exist, to help us remove the inner voice. What impact could this have on our cognitive abilities and our sense of self?

With this work, Ballard invites us to muse upon our own inner voice (or lack of) and it’s significance in our own lives.

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WASTED LABOUR

A video installation by Alison Ballard and Martin Lewis that draws upon durational drawing practices, dance choreography, and performance to video, to reflect upon notions of physical labour and its relationship to the body.

Winner of the Main Prize at the Nottingham Castle Open 2015.

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RHYTHM OF EFFORT II

A video installation by Alison Ballard and Martin Lewis.

In their collaborative practice, Ballard and Lewis use everyday machines as tools to examine human effort, physical labour, and repetitive, rhythmic movements of the body.

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EVERYDAY FICTION

A heart-breaking story of loss, grief, and mental illness that explores the ambiguity between reality and fiction that we encounter in everyday life. 

Downloadable as an app, geo-located in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, audiences must be physically in the park to experience the work, forging a relationship between the story, the location, and your presence within it.

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THE NARRATOR
IS PRESENT

As visitors enter the gallery, an unknown narrator describes their actions. How can we distinguish fictional narrative from truth among the multitude of disembodied voices on the Internet? Existing simultaneously in Furtherfield Gallery and online, the work exploresthe dualistic experiences of the virtual and the physical, and the ways in which these two spaces contribute to a single reality.

Watch the live stream here.

LIVE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Can the mental and physical health benefits of visiting a park be achieved via meditation, online?

Alison Ballard teamed up with yoga and mediation teacher Paula Mayura to find out with a 20-minute live-stream of seated meditation.

Find out more here.

NARRATING THE BARBICAN

A promenade performance merging audio narration, immersive theatre and relational aesthetics.
A woman's engagement with the Barbican is narrated via the public address system as she walks, listens and plays with the building. In doing so, the Barbican itself is narrated and mapped, forming an alternative documentation of an iconic space.

Watch the video here.

THE WOMAN IN THE STRIPED TOP AND DOC MARTIN BOOTS

The prequel to 'Narrating the Barbican', this promenade performance was created in residence at Nottingham Trent University featuring BA Fine Art Students, Dinah Berger and Antony Fletcher.

Documentation Coming Soon


THE CONSEQUENCE OF NOISE AND SILENCE

An experimental documentary that captures the dislocated experience of residents in Darwin, Australia when Cyclone Tracy devastated the city on Christmas Eve, 1974.

Watch the video here.

 


HER NOISE ARCHIVE: SYMBOL OF DEMOCRACY OR COMMUNIST UPRISING?

'A split-screen video that is a paean to democracy, a wink at communist propaganda and a manifesto on the role of women in sound arts practice' - HTMlles website.

Watch the video here.

UNTITLED DUET

Using the sounds made by rowing machines at various speeds, the artists manipulate the natural inertia of the rowing machines' mechanisms to create a haunting and disorientating experience that evokes notions of water and wind.

Created in collaboration with Martin Lewis.

Watch the video here.

CHALKWELL PARK
VS HUMANITY

A sound portrait of Chalkwell Park reflecting upon the acoustic battle that commences each day between the park and humanity, and what it is like to live there as artist-in-residence.

Part of Alison's online Digital Artist Residency.

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WIRES & BOWES

An experimental animation comparing the sounds of violins with the movements of telegraph wires from a moving train.

Created in collaboration with filmmaker, Andrew Brand.

Watch the video here.


IN MY GOOD EAR

A site-specific performance playing the acoustics of the room as an instrument.

Further exploration following the success of All Ears, the year before.

In collaboration with Nick Acons, Jim Walker and Amy Nicholson.

Supported by
Arts Council England

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ALL EARS

A site-specific performance playing the acoustics of the room as an instrument.

A tactile composition of pulsing and ringing overtones weaved throughout a hypnotic musical performance.

In collaboration with Nick Acons and Jim Walker.

Supported by
Arts Council England

Watch the video here.

VIDEO

A (very) short animation inspired by early experimental film. Abstract and intangible with a low-fi approach to a hi-tech medium, ‘Video’ focuses on the relationship between image and sound, each influencing the creation and development of the other

Watch the video here.