For the launch of the 2013 Proximity Festival (Australia's first festival of one-on-one performances), the festival team threw a PARTY FOR 1 for members of the general public at PICA Bar in the Perth CBD. Throughout the night the team staged a variety of performances and events, including a blue light disco in the bar's courtyard, one-on-one drag booth, surprise birthdays and balloon drops all designed to create and play with notions of intimacy and personal space - all in a very public environment.
As part of the festival, I alongside Sarah Rowbottam (festival producer and co-curator) constructed a PARTY BOOTH, a large perspex box lined with silver foil curtains and complete with boxes of confetti, balloons and a large fan. Guest's were invited to select a song from the provided iPod, before entering the booth and having a 'party for 1' all while their dancing was filmed and broadcast onto the large outdoor screen (in front of hundreds of people) in the Perth Cultural Centre.
In addition myself and Toby Price filmed each individual to be edited into a video montage. Using a 550D at 50 frames p/seconds we were able to slow the footage down to half speed creating the effect you can see on the right.
In addition, Instagram users at the party were asked to use #partyfor1 as the hashtag for the night, feeding directly to a website I created at partyfor1.org - where a live stream of the event was taking place. This site then created a mash up of Perth party goers, and instagram users from around the world - all having a Party For 1.
PARTY FOR 1 BOOTH:
Created by Sarah Rowbottam & Tom Cramond
Tom Cramond & Toby Price
PROXIMITY PARTY FOR 1 TEAM:
SARAH ROWBOTTAM, JAMES BERLYN, CARIS HARPER, TOM CRAMOND, RACHEL AUDINO
PARTY FOR 1 ARTISTS:
JAMES BERLYN, JEN JAMIESON, SARAH NELSON, ADRIANE DAFF, JANETTE MCGINTY, KYNAN HUGHES, JACINTA LARCOMBE, NICOLE WARD
BLUE LIGHT DISCO:
ALANA MINNELLI, THOM SMYTH, LEMON LIME & BIDDISS, CAPELAS, ALEXANDRA LEKIAS
PICA BAR STAFF, KELLI MCCLUSKEY, MRA & DAVID DOWNIE, PICA & NADIA JOHNSON, BUNZL, AINSLEY CANNING, REBECCA BAUMANN, AIMEE SMITH, SAM FOX, THE BLUE ROOM THEATE, MALCOLM HUGHES & all of our Pozible supporters