Ashley Holmes is a multi-disciplinary artist and DJ working across sound, moving image, radio broadcasts and performance. His work explores histories of resistance and anti-colonial resilience embedded in Black musical and sound-based practices to examine concepts of property, access and citizenship.
During the Radio Arts Catalyst residency, he began a process of developing a body of sound-based works and research which consider the ways perspectives around migration, class and racial identities are embodied, gathered and disseminated in music and cultural traditions. The final work comprises a series of compositions made from field recordings and samples.
“I’m interested in the ways we collect, memorialise and embody different stories and histories in contemporary society. My research during the residency has been based around oral cultures, pirating, bootlegging and the ways technologies and digital tools have been integrated into musical traditions across the African diaspora to document hyperlocality and a connection to the natural world”.
Radio Arts Catalyst is supported by Arts Council England with Art Fund and Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust.