Emma Ainsley Fife, United Kingdom
I work collaboratively, with musician John Phillips. Influenced by many years working in care environments, our work embraces a love of vulnerable, intimate connection with strangers, and the painful, dark humour found in adversity. We create performances and videos playfully seeking to meld art and music both as practices and as approaches to making.
I have been developing a collaborative practice with John Phillips for the past five years, working collaboratively, as ainsleyphillips, to produce video and performance work that brings art and music together. Objects are produced to form costumes for performance to camera, forming the basis of our videos. During 2017 we also developed and performed pieces with a greater focus live performance rather than performing for video, two quite distinct approaches and experiences and we continue to develop our ideas in relation to both.
Current work focuses on an exploration of the energies engendered by audio-visual presentations in dementia care spaces, as we seek to create pieces to engage, stimulate and create positive energies in these care spaces, through a process of co-creation alongside people with dementia. The concrete narrative form of television programmes is not accessible to people with dementia beyond the earliest stages and we’re interested in making alternative forms of rich, engaging and accessible audio-visual experience. Our co-creative sessions, taking a deliberately performative and playful approach, enable a fun, dynamic exploratory space and meaningful participation. Having worked for many years alongside people with dementia in our side jobs, we are excited to take this co-creation aspect to our art practice forward. Project website: http://harmoniousplace.com