A l i c i a   R a d a g e 

Alicia Radage is an artist working through Performance, Video, Sound and Text. They have been supported by The Arts Council England, The British Council and published by VestAndPage Press. Their work explores wild, queer futures through the processes of reconvening with the more than human. 

17 | Performance for Camera | 01:07 | 2020  

This work channels queer ecologies and intuitive scribing. 

'17' was commissioned by ]performance s p a c e [ and shown as part of ]ps[ screens. 

Bitter Seize | Performance | 2019-2020

Bitter Seize | Performance for Camera | 06:49 | 2020

With the backdrop of the English channel and the Calais jungle visible in the distance, I sledgehammered parts of brick walls found on Folkestone beach until the point of exhaustion.  I then load my the hood and front pocket of my hoody with the remnants of the wall until my neck can’t take more weight.

 

I scream ‘I Am Ready For My Old Life’.

 

This work was performed as part of Salvage Festival curated by ]performance s p a c e [.

The work was performed again in 2020. Again, I sledgehammered parts of brick walls found on Folkestone beach until the point of exhaustion but this time in the presence of dried Dogfish heads from Hasting's Beach. I then entered the water, walking towards both a flock of seagulls bobbing on the water and behind them the Calais Jungle. I raised my hands in a gesture of surrender. I then came back, wrung the water from my clothes over the rubble creating a paste and then chanted 'Bottomless Wings' to the Dogfish. I then reentered the water with the Dogfish, and with them in my hands, guiding my through the water, swam out.

Stills By Manuel Vason.

Filming by Matt Mahony - Page

'Caught' | Video | 02:12 | 2021

'Caught' is an experiment emerging from the studio in January 2021. Funded by Arts Council England, Radage is researching the connections between Shamanic Journeying, Neurodiversity and Sustainability the the goal of finding practical ways of resisting ecological collapse. 

'Caught' explores the visceral experience conjured in the dissonance between visuals and sound. The work activates sonic textures, manifesting a Neurodiverse aesthetic, and plays with timeframes cultivated through their practice and exploration of Shamanic realms. The chanting of words from ancient languages other to Radage's native tongue calls to ancestry within and beyond the body of the artist. 

'And Out Bled Our Pith' | Self Portrait | 2014

'And Out Bled Our Pith' is a self portrait taken as part of a series of works exploring the contemporary female body's position in the natural world. The works were shot in Snowdonia National Park, Wales in 2014.

GROW SOFTER // KEEP CLOSE | Performance | 2020

GROW SOFTER// KEEP CLOSE was performed on 15th March 2020, on the brink of the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. On a Thames beach, I lay in the yoga pose Matsyasana (the fish pose) with a piece of large piece of chalk from the beach in my mouth. As people descended onto the beach I chanted 'The Cracks Are Clogging // My Throat Is Rotting' . I then carved GROW SOFTER and KEEP CLOSE into the walls with stones found on the beach. From within my vaginal canal I withdrew a condom filled my previous month's menstruation and coated my legs with it. 

This work was part of the event Come Hell Or High Water, activated by Sarah Andrew, Anne Bean, Hayley Newman, George Pringle, joined by Phoebe Patey-Ferguson.

Images by Dominic Johnson and Adam Wadey.

Wool | Performance | 2012 - 2017

WOOL was a piece developed and performed between 2012-2016. Initially performed as a reaction to the heightened visibility of the female body and a desire to evade an objectifying gaze, WOOL became a mediation on how interruption how bodies and genders are read.

 

The work was performed throughout the UK in public spaces, Deptford Old Police Station and FADED, London and commissioned by LABSeries, Vienna.

Pulse | Video Art | 04:19 | 2020

'Pulse' is an experiment emerging from the studio in January 2021. Funded by Arts Council England, Radage is researching the connections between Shamanic Journeying, Neurodiversity and Sustainability the the goal of finding practical ways of resisting ecological collapse. 

SWIM | Performance for Camera | 06:57 | 2020

'Swim' is an experiment emerging from the studio in January 2021. Funded by Arts Council England, Radage is researching the connections between Shamanic Journeying, Neurodiversity and Sustainability the the goal of finding practical ways of resisting ecological collapse. 

Altered states of consciousness were accessed through durational Shamanic Drumming. Radage explores the inextricable links between the natures of those that inhabit water and air.

RAIN | Performance | 2016 - 2018

'RAIN' explores actions of a female body working towards queer narratives through creating a raw visual language. I burn hair and wool and mix the ashes with my urine to make ink. The work had 2 iterations, one in which the audience were invited to write on the wall with me using the ink and the other where I wrote upon walls and blank flags. The work creates experiences that myself and others find challenging and makes ways we can stay together in the space, creating collective narratives through the duration.

 

This work was supported by the British Council and performed at Venice International Performance Art Week and CuerpAs3 Feminist Festival, Chile, supported by Perfolink. 

Radage ▽ Hardaker

Radage ▽ Hardaker is the close collaboration between artists Alicia Radage and Ro Hardaker. Together their work explores the boundaries of gender, care and intimacy. 

Their work has been shown at Live Art Bistro, Leeds, The Island, Bristol and The Skeleton House, London.

Potential | Performance for Camera | 2015

Potential is a performance for camera which communicates a rejection of repro-sexuality. 

Image taken by Marco Berardi.

Fallen | Self Portrait | 2014

Fallen are self portraits taken as part of a series of works exploring the contemporary female body's position in the natural world. The works were shot in Snowdonia National Park, Wales in 2014.

Images taken by Alicia Radage.