Each year as part of FRINGE WORLD, PICA presents a bespoke program for the adventurous. In 2020, PICA presents four Western Australian artists in four new works across a colourful spectrum ranging from the gentle to the outrageous. this year three of the four works got their start at kiss club last year.
Pick up a pen and make a personalised set of sign cards at Jen Jamieson’s This is not personal. Listen closely to non-binary stories of confession at Daley King’s Lipstuck and slip on your six-inch heels and strut into feminist truth-telling at Jacinta Larcombe’s Slutdrop. the fourth work is a chance to Dust off your party shoes and share a queer kiss at Janet Carter’s Transmission.
small sections of the works from jamieson, king and larcombe were presented at kiss club the work in development night coordinated by pvi collective and pica last year.
janet carter also has a long association with pvi collective having presented in previous kiss club nights.
In each work, the artists invite audiences to take a personal journey, carefully crafted with them in mind, to share stories, knowledge and experiences. Under a safe and inclusive banner, these artists explore identity and multiplicities of gender and sexuality.
PICA Director Amy Barrett-Lennard said the organisation was proud to be supporting artists to present work during the festival.
“We are very proud to support independent Western Australian artists to create work with our creative and financially supportive presentation model during FRINGE WORLD. Opening our doors as a place for artists, audiences and communities, PICA will celebrate forms of care, confession and community as it transforms into a therapeutic workshop, queer party, live lipstick apothecary and night club.”
PICA Producer Tim Carter said the shows had many overlapping themes.
“In working with Jen Jamieson, Daley King and Jacinta Larcombe earlier in 2019, through PICA and pvi collective’s annual development platform KISS club, an emergence of shared themes around care, confession and community became clear. Each artist is mining deep personal history and thinking about what that individual experience means in a broader social sense. There’s a focus on pushing these recollections beyond pure story-telling and into a more interactive realm for the live audience with a hands-on workshop, public acts of truth and confession, community building and direct exchange through the physical act of kissing.”
“There’s also these overlapping ideas around what constitutes safe space, the value of meeting collectively and PICA becoming a sanctuary for these gatherings. The performances also explore mental health and sexuality from queer, non-binary and feminist perspectives. In what could potentially be heavy material, these works will be an enriching and entertaining celebration about how and why we come together as artists, audiences and communities.”
Both Jen Jamieson’s This is not personal and Janet Carter’s Transmission are works in development. Their FRINGE WORLD 2020 seasons are in-studio residencies allowing live audience testing before being presented at PICA as full-formed versions in October/November 2020.
Wrapped as a love letter to ourselves, each other and our communities, don’t miss these four personal journeys at PICA this Fringe season.