A FILM PORTRAITURE PROJECT ON A BIKE
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Created by Sarah Nelson, the project was conceived in 2011 during an artist residency with DADAA Inc. and was developed over a month working with youth from the Derby and Mowunjum communities in the Kimberely, Western Australia. The resulting first film was screened as a part of the 2011 MarshART Festival. In 2012 the project was presented as a part of the inaugural Proximity Festival in Perth Western Australia. Over 5 weeks, 5 films where produced and screened in the Perth Cultural Centre. From regional marshes to City streets, series 2.0 provided a starkly contrasting environment and demographic for the bike to explore. From a free event in the Kimberly, to a paying audience in the city, these two extreme approaches informed the next stage of the project.
The project returned in 2015 with the support of The City of Perth, for The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights program for Fringe World. Mobile Moments 3.0 merged these extremes and played with the possibilities of chance encounters across the city. Searching the streets and approaching participants only when a moment revealed itself, the artist was out there to connect and capture with a diverse cross section of the Perth community. This free event went on to win the best Community Events Award of the 2015 Fringe World awards.
Mobile Moments 4.0 saw the project taking its first tour in 2015 to the south west of Western Australia. Presented by Performing Lines WA, the project was a part of the community engagement program for the Skeletal System's theatre prouction of The Great White. Touring ahead of the production, the bike toured to Mandurah, Albany and Margaret River providing a free experience and film for the community to keep whilst subltly promoting the production with questions on the bike reflecting themes from the show.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sarah Nelson is an actor, physical performer and creator of multidisciplinary projects, working across theatre, film and community arts. Sarah has worked from state theatre stages to deserts and many random spaces in between, producing her own projects alongside working for companies such as National Theatre of Great Britain, Black Swan State Theatre Compnay, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, DADAA Inc. and Performing Lines WA.
“Playful, intelligent, restrained but so generous... A complete breath of fresh air! The beautiful residual component of the video is the most successful,purposeful ‘post performance’use of material I have ever seen!’
- Kelli Mccluskey, pvi collective
“There was something very kinetic and uplifting about my Mobile Moments experience. Each gentle bump and dip on our circuit was an inexplicable delight…” – Artshub
“Mobile Moments was my favourite adventure of the festival. I was escorted through the Cultural Centre on a tricycle ridden by Sarah Nelson who was delightfully easy to chat to.” – Australian Stage
“It is definitely a unique way to engage with the Perth Cultural Centre; somehow you feel you are actively helping the energy of the space to come alive.” – Artshub