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. In 2019 he started Open Deck, a series of gatherings giving space to collectively listen, discuss and document relationships to music and oral histories. He also hosts Tough Matter, a monthly show on NTS Radio.
For the Radio Arts Catalyst Residency he will be developing a body of sound-based works and research that will explore the potential of broadcasting and sound production to consider the ways perspectives around migration, class and racial identities are embodied, gathered and disseminated in music and cultural traditions.
“Recently my work has led me to be interested in the ways we collect, memorialise and embody different stories and histories in contemporary society. My research during the residency so far 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.
These are a small selection of images and sound sketches taken from a new body of work I am in the process of developing as part of the residency. The final work will be a series of compositions made from field recordings and samples, and will be shared as an extended mix in a series of broadcasts”.