bachelorettechangingopinionforevermore is a single channel video installation developed during the completion of a Master of Arts in Research, QUT.
Led by choreographer Vanessa Mafe, with costumes developed by Paula Dunlop, the video features an improvised performance by Xen. The title of the work leads on from the score of the video composed by Xen using three songs layered and effected: Bachelorette, by Björk, Changing Opinion, by Philip Glass and Forevermore, by Moloko.
Billboard Communicative is a large scale painting multimedia installation developed during the Melville Haysom Scholarship at QAGOMA.
Featuring two opposing large paintings of billboards, video is projection-mapped onto the work, setting up a dialogue between them. The commercial media found on billboards is stripped out leaving soft footage of rolling clouds.
Lumen.Cloud is an art, lighting, sound and installation collective led by Michelle Xen and designer Richard Candy. Working across disciplines, Lumen.Cloud have been commissioned to design and develop projects from lighting, interactivity, to installation, public art and festival events.
Featured project: Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre – by Singaporean artist Suzann Victor, presents a chorus of eight kinetic chandeliers that “sing” with movement as they sway in a dramatic mid-air choreography of light. Each chandelier is constructed and shaped from stainless steel and studded with a sparkling array of precision-cut Swarovski crystals accentuated by LED light designed by Lumen.Cloud. Together, the chandeliers create breathtaking aerial calligraphy as they morph from one hypnotic pattern to another, high above the bridge linking the National Museum’s original 19th-century colonial building with its modern futuristic glass wing.
THE PLANK is a collaborative group created and led by artist Robyn Backen for the project Last Word developed for the Bundanon Trust. Michelle Xen composed site-specific sound work for the Last Word performance.
“Last Word 2012, a site-specific river performance, which developed research into acoustic and light transmission systems in remote environments.
The work embodied a river fugue of voices, and channelled memory in the form of a farmers diary from the region, written in the 1880’s. The dialogue focussed on the mundane daily weather report to explore the sense of time and necessary need to understand the climate. These voices transmitted then received beside, around and across the Shoalhaven tidal zone. It referenced the Boyd landscape legacy through the light and sound transmission, which illuminated and echoed upon the ghostly hillside, as a procession ascended and eventually disappeared into darkness.”
The One Million Stars installation is composed of over one million handwoven stars created by an international community, led by artist Maryann Talia Pau. to promote peace, light and hope in the world has been unveiled in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD in King George Square.
The installation is presented by Museum of Brisbane and the Queensland Government for Festival 2018 in King George Square, and was designed by Michelle Xen and Richard Candy – Lumen.Cloud.
“The One Million Stars public artwork is a fully immersive experience, inviting visitors inside a four-metre high, 15-metre wide dome created from 370 brightly coloured star garlands, forming a kaleidoscopic effect accompanied by a soundscape created by artist Michelle Xen.”
SYNAESTHSIAC is a multidisciplinary project across music, art and performance. Featuring the single L.O.V.E. produced by Quan Yeomans of Regurgitator, the music video incorporated a series of art installations and custom costumes.
Supported by the Creative Sparks Grants Program, an initiative of Brisbane City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Electro Comb saw the transformation of inner city Fish Lane Studios into a one-night-only collaborative performance event across music, dance and sculptural costume. The project was built around the experimental pop music release Electro Comb written and produced by Michelle Xen. Costumes were developed by artist and photographer Gerwyn Davies who created four bespoke headpieces for the dance performers in Electro Comb. The project also involved a shortlisted team of creative interns who developed and produced wearable sculptural accessories for the cast of the music video.
Project Credits: Written and produced by Michelle Xen Mixed and mastered by Yanto Browning Released by Paper Street Records Music video Directed by Michelle Xen Director of Photography Jared Bazley Edited by Michelle Xen Colourist: Jared Bazley Photo Documentation by Black Bee Studio Choreographed by Courtney Scheu Dancers:
Main protagonist: Nick Costume Design by Gerwyn Davies Make-up Artist: Lucille Korponay Creative Collaborators: Joel Devereux Melissa Poole Chaihui Tseng
Project Managers: Michelle Xen and Carly Dickenson Many thanks to Tristan Berry at Paper Street Records Many thanks to the artists, creatives, dancers and volunteers who participated in the making of this video.
Supported by iAM Projects and Fish Lane Studios Supported by Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks Grant
BLEACH* ELECTRIFIED and Festival 2018 commissioned an event with Michelle Xen featuring live performance, DJ performance, video remix and set design including performances from Confidence Man and Electric Fields.
For the live performance of her band Michelle Xen + The Neon Wild, Michelle designed a large scale dichroic installation and also collaborated with animator Helena Papageorgiou to create a series of immersive digital artworks for the show.
My Cells is a multimedia project involving a self-produced pop song, music video and art science collaboration with the assistance of bio-artist Svenja Kratz.
During the production of the song My Cells, artist Svenja Kratz supervised the extraction of skin cells for propagation and documentation. Blood samples were also taken and documented and layered into the footage of the My Cells music video, filmed at The Edge.
Written and produced by: Michelle Xen Directed and edited by: Michelle Xen Director of Photography: Jared Bazley Bio-art consultant: Svenja Kratz
Developed as part of a residency as a Sound Catalyst at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Thanks to the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT.