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.
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.
Lumen Body is a collaboration developed by choreographer Elise May of Expressions Dance Company (now ADC Australasian Dance Collective) with Michelle Xen and animator Paul Van Opdenbosch.
Performed in three different spaces, four dancers from the dance company interact with animated visual forms, electronic sound and live vocal performance. Simple geometric sculptures are illuminated by projected imagery that responds to the movement of the dancers’ bodies.
Lumen Body premiered in July 2016 in three locations: Brisbane Powerhouse (1 July) Gasometer at Gasworks Plaza Newstead (15 July) South Bank’s River Quay Green (29 July).
Choreography: Elise May Sound Design and Vocal performance: Michelle Xen Animation: Paul Van Opdenbosch Set Design: Lumen Cloud (Michelle Xen & Richard Candy) Dancers: Michelle Barnett, Rebecca Hall, Benjamin Chapman and Jake McLarnon
Lumen Body was created for EDC Expressions Dance Company (now ADC Australasian Dance Collective).