Alex Billingham

Artist Statement

Reiterating the need for vulnerability.

I’m a genderqueer artist based in the West Midlands working as a curator and performance 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.

I’m intrigued by the points where technology and our fear of 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fascination with the fetishization of Nuclear dread in Western media from a queer perspective and an obsession with outdated hopes for the future which all bleed into my work.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 any skills necessary to take the research forward.

As my mobility gradually decreases due to a climbing injury, I push myself to see where the borderlines of my body are, repeating actions to form durational work. I enjoy stripping away all my supports, both physically and psychologically, to leave a tender and violent performance. Touching on highly personal issues such as gender and body dysmorphia in a way the audience can easily relate to.

Enjoying using analogue technologies to realize a low-fi visual style, binding grunge with glitter and grime to make beautifully dirty work. Using a mix of technology from homemade Theremins to Digital Synthesizers to recreate the Radiophonic soundscapes drawn from childhood memories of Dr Who, Quatermass and Children of the stones.

Working 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 a member of Eastside Projects EOP. I’ve performed nationally for ]performancespace[ -Folkestone, Little Wolf Parade -Nottingham, Word of Warning -Manchester, and Edited Arts -London.