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Alison Ballard

Alison Ballard

 

Ballard’s work explores changing notions of what it means to be present, to experience something in real-time, and the impact technology is having on our sense of self via moving image, installation, audio, text, and performative works.

As a collection, these works form an ongoing investigation into the intersection between passive and active engagement within contemporary arts practice, exploring the crossovers between relational aesthetics, immersive theatre, moving image, spoken word, and radio, along with the ways in which sound and other mediums come together in ideology, presentation and experience.


Alongside her practice, Alison Ballard is a Lecturer in Fine Art. She currently teaches at Nottingham Trent University and London Metropolitan University.

An ongoing series of works that explore the tension between the mechanical measuring of time (clock time), and time as subjective experience.When the machines that count time for us are removed from view, how well can we judge its passing? How does our individual experience of time change when we…
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How can we distinguish fictional narrative from truth among the multitude of disembodied voices on the Internet?As visitors enter the gallery, an unknown narrator describes their actions. Their narrative may be an accurate documentary of real-life events or the narrator may stray into fiction - sometimes playful, sometimes troublingly divisive…
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A silent, single-screen projection that questions what it means to be human. The work draws on philosophical ideas and scientific research into the presence of an inner voice when we read, think, and problem solve.It is thought that 80% of people hear an inner voice when they read. It slows…
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Part of an ongoing series of works in which Ballard & Lewis explore the use of apparatus, designed for leisure and fitness, to reflect upon physical labour and its relationship to the body.Here, they use rowing machines as a tool for performing choreographed movements for legs and feet. Their movements…
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Narrating the Barbican brings together audio narration, immersive theatre and relational aesthetics in a promenade performance that moves throughout the foyers and public spaces of the Barbican.Following the movements of 'a women in a blue dress and half worn-out shoes', her engagement with the Barbican is narrated via the public…
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A video work questioning the fine line between political criticism and political rebellion, in response to the Her Noise Archive; an archive of women working at the intersection of sound, art, noise and politics.It is a sardonic observation of the ambivalent political voice of the Her Noise Archive which serves…
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