JONATHAN HOMSEY

‘囚人 (Shujin)’

GUIDED WALK
SWEET SEDDON
August 16th @ 6pm

PHONE HOME
August 15th @ 6pm

SITE LOCATION
Bendigo Bank Seddon
90/90A Charles St
Seddon

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

(囚人) Shujin is a video work using the physical body to address the dialogue of the corporate work structures. Inspired by a residency in Tokyo, Homsey addresses his issues with burn-out and the conditioning of his Asian heritage. During his time in Japan he saw an office worker literally work there 14 hours a day across from his residence; the worker was repeating the same actions over and over again. Homsey takes his repetition and slowness and amplifies it using choreography. Honouring his Asian and Middle-eastern heritage, 囚人 tackles the mundane nature of the corporate 9-5 life and how we can be prisoners within our own capitalist and corporate systems. Through movement practices derived from Open Source Forms, Skinner Release Technique and tai-chi , this video work is a layered performance documented to demonstrate the duality between what society wants against what you want as an individual. 

Home for him is something I am constantly searching for. As a queer person of colour who has lived in 6 countries, he is always investigating where feels at home. He always comes to the same conclusion; home is within my body. From finding alignment within his own body he can find myself home anywhere. This is imperative information as last year he shifted from working full time finding home only in the workplace.

BIO

Jonathan Homsey is an arts maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States of America, he immigrated to Australia in 2010 where he is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts (BA Dance) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (MA Arts Management with Distinction). His choreographic practice has evolved from a theatrical context with works such as the award-winning Together As One (Arts House, Melbourne Fringe 2013) to an interdisciplinary practice in galleries and public spaces from Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne) to 107 Projects (Sydney) and Design Festa Gallery (Tokyo). 

Jonathan’s practice post-graduation has led him to work with street dance and conceptual art. From Circus Oz to national tours for Australian pop star George Maple and indie sensations Haiku Hands, Jonathan’s choreographic practice goes beyond genre lines.In addition, Jonathan is passionate about community outreach using the moving body as a source of empowerment. His most recent work Mx.Red amalgamates all his passions for social engagement and conceptual art with the creation of fourteen art installations and workshops as part of the Festival of Live Art in 2018. He is spending 2019 in intensive creative research about connecting diasporas through movement as part of the Creator’s Fund.