White Drummer fathoms the depths and spontaneously plays a river. She plays with fragility and survival in the face of the ridiculous and the impossible. This is the first ever known performance on planet earth of playing a full drum kit underwater. Here is the sound she makes.
Artist/Performer: Tina Havelock Stevens is White Drummer Sound: Chris Townend
Tina Havelock Stevens is an interdisciplinary artist based in Sydney, whose work is rooted in rhythm and knowing. Her educational background is in film, sound, philosophy and cultural studies. With a sturdy start as drummer in seminal post punk band Plug Uglies she later moved to video art, installation, performance art, improvisation/composition and sound design and is currently the only known artist to play a spontaneous composition on a full drum kit whilst fully submerged underwater.
Tina performs in solo mode under the moniker of White Drummer. White Drummer creates spontaneous compositions as durational performance in site-specific locations. She taps into the frequencies, the electromagnetic pulses of places and times and the inexplicable. The performances are not framed by their location, but inhabit them visually and sonically. They are sometimes recorded for installation.
Tina has a band called The Mumps who play instrumental visual post -rock and was a founding member of art collective Alterbeast who work around unpleasant feelings. Recently she won the 2013 Fisher Ghost Prize for Contemporary Art and was the branding for the MONA FOMA Festival 2013 with a shot taken during a White Drummer durational performance on the river outside MONA.
Other selected work includes White Drummer Submerge, MONA FOMA 2013 commissioned live world-first performance and sonic event of underwater drumming, Funpark Sydney Festival, White Drummer Detroit Tin Sheds Gallery, Chicks on Speed Collaborations, Transmission at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Ghost Wash for Brisbane Festival, Retro Future Spective Festival at PS122 NYC, Alterbeast Penrith Regional Gallery, Gertrude Street Contemporary and Sydney Biennale 2010, Artspace.