In 2014, Caroline Pugh was invited to the Asiatopia Performance Art Festival in Thailand. A two week residency in Nan was followed by performances in Nan, the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre and Artbridge Chiangrai. Asiatopia is the oldest and longest-running performance art festival in South East Asia.
Photo Ballads was a live show bringing together folk song, improvisation and pinhole photography. Debuting at Belfast Festival 2012, Californian improviser Paul Stapleton and local electronic/experimental producer Barry Cullen joined Caroline to make an interactive performance of noise, video and song.
"Intriguing and innovative" - The Belfast Telegraph
"so fundamentally unlike anything you’ve experienced before that you can’t help but reconsider your own thoughts on what defines music"
- Brian Coney, BBC Across the Line (full review)
This project was funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland 2012.
You've Probably Heard These Songs Before
A newly devised performance about how one person's version of a well known song might lead to cultural change. This is a potent mix of cinema, folk songs, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, on-stage costume changes and a nice big comfy chair.
First performed on 27/04/2010 at the Star and Shadow, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
This performance of folksong, tape deck and harp was in response to John Mahon's sonic art installation that amplified Belfast's environmental sounds through large resonant items and the windows of Platform art gallery. I walked around the audience and they joined in while I sang songs as a tribute to social spaces and landmarks around Belfast city centre.
Timing By Ear, Measuring By Hand
Pinhole camera exposures are timed by breath and the sound is shaped by cassette. This is a performance for a single audience member who contributes their breath to the recording and receives a pinhole camera shot as a keepsake. The image and the sound respond to the light and ambience of the room. This was the result of a two-week artist's residency at 25sg, where an installation of the pinhole camera shots, cassette audio and a video work of the piece was shown in August 2010.
Paul Stapleton, Cavan Fyans, Adnan Marquez-Borbon and Caroline Pugh. A totally analog improvisation quartet, E=MCH emphasises live sampling in many forms. Memories, distortions of time and place, echoes from analogue delay lengths, solid state samplers and modified wax work with saxophone, vocals, metallic percussion and feedback. E=MCH can play a full concert, or a 15-20 club set, or play a durational event in an empty swimming pool.
Caroline is inspired by folk songs and sometimes sings them. Here's a couple.