In 2022 PARKER by Tash Parker will deliver a series of live performance and exhibition shows across the east coast of Australia as a part of her Body of Work tour this 2022.
PARKER fuses music, costume, art and video by smelting the genres of alt-pop, electro and art pop she journeys us through the magic of the unexpected, an otherworldly virtual reality experience and even the banal humanity of breaking up (clue: it’s hard to do). Using sound and vision to sculpt and disrupt space, each exhibition and performance in the series reacts explicitly to the venues’ architecture– no two are the same.
For the art exhibition iteration of Body of Work (curated in association with Sawtooth ARI) eight video artworks will be displayed with a soundwork crafted using sounds from the album by Parker in collaboration with Jack McLaine, sculpture and more featuring: A Million Suns, Become the Fool, Can’t Keep Waiting, Lie Low, Superhuman and 3 unreleased music videos including one virtual reality clip. Each is a collaboration with some combination of technology artists, directors and animators from across the Australia and into Europe including Hans Van Vliet (AU,QLD), Gina Thorstensen (NORWAY), Ursula Woods (AU, Tas) and Jaymis Loveday (AU, QLD) and many more.
PARKER’s music draws inspiration from ‘crying in the club’ ballad mavens like Lykke Li and Sophie Ellis Bextor, to smash out soaring vocals with subdued minor-key dance groove and dancehall-inspired beats. Live shows will also include unreleased works set to become disco mainstays on a dance-floor near you such as ‘Good Enough’ and ‘Single’.
“I write and create work about what is unreal and also happening whether that be about my own relationships and experience in my body or an imagined reality of a space travelling future ancestor.” –PARKER
Body of Work commences touring Australia from June 2022 through 2023 with show dates regularly updated via tashparker.com
Tash Parker (PARKER) is a multidisciplinary artist and musician born in Western Australia and raised on a tropical fruit farm in the North East Kimberley, now based in Launceston Tasmania. Her music is a powerhouse of retro- futurist electronica that soars with glossy synths and commanding vocals.
Her artistic practice is centred around reactionary works in collaboration with musicians, visual artists and technology artists to curate multi-sensory experiences:
“I write about what is real and happening whether that be about my own relationships and experience in my body or an imagined reality of a space travelling future ancestor.”
19+20 AUGUST 2022 | PARKER Body of Work [Live], for Winter Light Festival, Salamanca Arts Centre, Long Gallery, Hobart TAS 08 SEPTEMBER 2022 | Big Sound, TOMBOI Showcase, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
09-29 JULY 22 | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition], RANT Gallery, Devonport TAS 17 AUGUST –21 SEPTEMBER 22 | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition] for Winter Light Festival, Salamanca Arts Centre, Long Gallery, Hobart TAS2022/23 TBA | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition], Sawtooth ARI Gallery, Launceston TAS 022/23 TBA | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition] NSW 022/23 TBA | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition] QLD 022/23 TBA | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition] VIC 022/23 TBA | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition] WA 022/23 TBA | PARKER Body of Work [Exhibition] ACT
AWARDS & GRANTS
2022 | Women’s Art Prize, Tasmania (FINALIST), Cultural tourism Accelerator Fund Grant (AWARDED) 2021 | APRA Professional Development Awards (FINALIST), Arts Tasmania, Individual Funding Grant (AWARDED) Women in Music Mentorship Program (AWARDED) 2020 | Women’s Art Prize, Tasmania (WINNER), Best Concept, Clipped TV Music Awards (WINNER), Top Shorts & Los Angeles Film Awards Become The Fool Best Music Video (WINNER) Florida Animation Festival Award A Million Suns (WINNER), Château Orquevaux Artist Residency – France (AWARDED), Chateau Orquevaux Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant (AWARDED) 2019 | Best Music Video, NY Film Awards, Top Shorts, Can’t Keep Waiting (WINNER), Best Music Video, Los Angeles Film Awards, Can’t Keep Waiting (WINNER), Best Music Video, Melbourne Short Film Festival, Can’t Keep Waiting (WINNER) 2011 | John Butler Seed Management Workshop (AWARDED)
2022 | Body of Work, album; Hold My Hand, single & music video collaboration with MORTLOCK; RISE UP, single & music video collaboration with FM-2030 2021 | EAT THE RICH, single & music video collaboration with FM-2030 2020 Lie Low, single & music video; Superhuman, single & music video; Become The Fool, single & music video 2019 | A Million Suns, single & music video; Can’t Keep Waiting, single & music video 2017 | I Take This Time, single 2015 | Away, single collaboration with Anatole 2010 | Waking Up, album
2022 | Body of Work, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Tasmania, Body of Work, Winterlight Salamanca Arts Centre Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Body of Work, Regional Arts Network Gallery, Devonport (TAS), Women’s Art Prize, Touring Show (TAS) 2020 | Women’s Art Prize, Touring Show (TAS)
2019 | ‘You, Me & that Other Thing’, PARKER & Jo Lane Sawtooth ARI, Launceston,(TAS) 2016 | RMIT Graduation Show, Group Exhibition, Melbourne (VIC)
TOMBOI Records is an independent record label based in Melbourne, Australia representing emerging and established LGBTQIA+, POC and WOMEN across the world. Through their work they enable women, LGBTIQA+ and POC in music to meet, collaborate and support each other as well as creating a safe label and safe spaces for all peoples engaged.
‘There is a gap that has been in our industry for way too long and we want to fill that gap and represent’ –Alexis Benedict, CEO
‘I’m proud to be a Tomboi artist because our label is independent and represents emerging and established LGBTQIA+, POC and women identifying artists across the world. All groups are proportionately underrepresented in the music industry and so we are being the change we want to see in the world.’ –Tash Parker, PARKER
WEBSITE | tashparker.com INSTAGRAM | instagram.com/iamtashparker FACEBOOK | facebook.com/iamtashparker SOUNCLOUD | soundcloud.com/tashparker VIMEO | bit.ly/bowvideos YOUTUBE | youtube.com/iamtashparker SPOTIFY | spoti.fi/3ON8veK
ASSOCIATED ACTS & ORGS
TOMBOI RECORDS | tomboirecords.com RUNAWAY BELLES | runawaybelles.com FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE AND SOUND | festivalofarchitectureandsound.com SAWTOOTH ARI | sawtoothari.com