Ghost Class Series (2015)
Ghost Class, (still) Tina Havelock Stevens
ROOM SHEET ESSAY
ARTIST LED AUDIO TOUR
Tina Havelock Stevens’ works encourage an experience of the world that is attuned to emotional responses, to the rhythm and movement of structures and environments that we inhabit and traverse. She brings together her energy and drive as a drummer and performer with the inquiry and observation of her experience as a documentary film-maker. Present in her works is an innate aural and visual intuition. They offer the experience of suspended time, gauging the cerebral temperature and tempo of passing moments.
“I love things that travel and soar. I love quiet and loud. Fast and slow. I love minor chords, intuitive surprises and whatever that equivalent is in all of my visual work too. I like that an audience can share an experience but have multiple perspectives.” – Tina Havelock Stevens
• ‘HOLUS BOLUS’, 2020, Gold neon, 152 cm x 20 cm, 1/3 + 1AP. Photos by Bo Wong.
• ‘Ghost Class’, 2015 , HD video with sound, 10:59.
• ‘THUNDERHEAD’, 2016, HD Video with sound by Tina Havelock Stevens and Liberty Kerr, Infinite loop.
• ‘Let’s Groove’, 2017, HD video with sound, 8:50.
• Come Together, Right Now, 2006/2018, Digitised super 8 film with sound, 4:59.
In Double Double, dance artists Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterworth are joined by interdisciplinary artists (on drumkits) Evelyn Ida Morris and Tina Havelock Stevens in an epic meeting of four performers where spontaneous compositions and formations emerge out of a physical and sonic mania. Over the course of two hours, the performers lap through time and space as their personas merge, separate and collide. Motion and noise slap against each other as tension escalates, making for a riveting sensory experience.
Havelock Stevens is one of the more exciting contemporary artists working today, with an astute pulse on the collective psyche, but also great humanity that explores collective empathy, shared vulnerabilities and a search for belonging.
TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS
Tina Havelock Stevens is a Sydney based artist predominantly working across video, sound, music, experimental documentary and performance. She explores the ambiguities of human nature, using cinematic conventions and performance as a means of responding to personal histories and specific environments with audio-visual installations. Recently she had a major solo show at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and was featured in The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She is the recipient of the prestigious 65th Blake Prize (2018) and the 55th Fisher Ghost Prize (2017). Fusing her sensibilities as a documentary-maker and musician, she creates immersive art, dwelling on loaded sites to speak of survival and fragility within environmental, urban and emotional spaces.
Havelock Stevens won the Contemporary Section of the Fisher Ghost Art Prize (2013) and was a finalist in the National Portrait Prize (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2015), the John Fries Award (Sydney, 2017) and Tidal (Devonport Regional Gallery, 2018). She curated for Artbar at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2018) and has delivered various commissions including ‘Submerge’, MONA FOMA (2013), REWIND ROOM (Performance Space, 2015), the large-scale THUNDERHEAD at Dark Mofo and Performance Space (2016), BETASHOCKERS, Big Anxiety Festival (UNSW & AGNSW, Sydney, 2017) BEATS OF DARKNESS for the Manila Biennale (Philippines, 2018) and THUNDERHEAD ( a solo show of 4 x video works and 1 x neon) at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth Festival 2020.
Havelock Stevens will next be exhibiting in the 2020 Yokohama Triennale, Japan
Other works include a year long collaboration with the Hills District community in Sydney’s North west creating various visual and sonic elements for her major Museum of Contemporary Art C3 West project “Hasta La Bella Vista Baby’ which culminated in a significant multi – artform event (2019)
Havelock Stevens has also exhibited at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne, 2011 & 2015), Bullet Space (NYC, 2014), MILL 6 Foundation (Hong Kong, 2016) Alaska Projects (Sydney, 2016), Galerie Pom Pom (Sydney, 2017), Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, 2017), The Lock Up Gallery (Newcastle, 2018 & 2016) and Artspace (Sydney, 2018) amongst many other installations and performances nationally and internationally. She is in the collections of Artbank, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Newcastle Art Gallery, and numerous private collections.
She works with collaborators such as choreographer Jo Lloyd (Performance Space 2017 & 2019, Ian Potter Museum 2019, Dark Mofo 2020) composer Cat Hope (Fremantle Biennale 2017, Perth Festival 2019) music and art ensemble Chicks on Speed (Artspace 2013, MCA 2014, Performance Space 2019) and long term musical collaborator Liberty Kerr (The Mumps/post rock band, experimental duo performances, THUNDERHEAD, The Rapids)
Her work has been featured on ABC Radio’s Arts and Books show, ABC News Breakfast, Sydney Morning Herald, RealTime , Artlink , Art Almanac, Artshub, and in Art Collector ’s Top Fifty Artists (2017 & 2020), as well as feature articles on her drumming practice in magazines Tom Tom, 2016 (US) and the October issue of Drumscene, 2018 (Aus).
Havelock Stevens is a resident artist at the Clothing Store Artist Studios, Carriageworks.
Live improvised performance on a full drum kit which was slowly and fully submerged underwater commissioned by MONA FOMA (2013).
‘One of her performance projects sees her enact spontaneous, high-energy and durational performances. Using rock’n’roll drum-kits, the work unfolds as a spectacle that responds and tunes into the frequencies of a specific site and place. These performances are often recorded for future video installations — for this a video work ‘Reading the River’.