Artist Statement

Alex Billingham

Artist Statement

I’m a genderqueer artist from the West Midlands working as a curator and artist. A graduate of Cumbria Institute of the arts my work mixes performance, endurance, visual arts, low-fi tech, film and installation in an often visceral and physically exhausting way. As my mobility gradually decreases due to a climbing injury, I push myself to see where the borderlines of my body are. Using a mix of technology from homemade Theremins to Digital Synthesizers to recreate the Radiophonic soundscapes of my childhood.

I’m intrigued by the points where technology and our fears about it meet. I have a particular fascination with the fetishization of Nuclear dread in western media from a queer perspective and an obsession with outdated hopes for the future which all bleed into my work. Research and experimentation are at the core of my practice, learning new skills to develop ideas. I prefer using analogue technologies to realise a low-fi visual style, binding grunge with glitter and grime to make beautifully dirty work. I enjoy stripping away all my supports to leave a tender and violent performance. Reiterating the need for vulnerability and understanding that everyone is learning to be human together.

I work as associate curator for Vivid Projects Live program and as co-director of FailBetter, running their residency program. I’m a Black Hole Club alumnus and have recently joined Eastside Projects ESP. I’ve performed for Itch Collective, Future Rituals at ]performancespace[, Fierce FWD, Little Wolf Parade, Word of Warning, HFWAS and Edited Arts.