LAAP is the collaborative project from Morgan Hickinbotham and Bek Berger. Friends since teenagers and working together since 2017, they are interested with creatively manipulating sound and image through exploring and expanding on minor imperfections or mistakes inherent in artistic experimentation. They create environments that offer alternative framing to everyday existence, offering augmented live situations through the engagement and manipulation of analogue technologies.
LAAP will premiere their first major project Compositions for the Pool at Prahran Pool in February 2019. They both currently collaborate and tour with contemporary dance artist James Batchelor.
Morgan Hickinbotham is an experimental composer, sound artist, photographer and film maker based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2012 Morgan graduated the Victoria College of the Arts with a Batchelor of Fine Arts, Photography. In 2015 he revealed his first solo show ‘Uncertainty’ at N/A Gallery in Brunswick as has been featured at group shows at IPF Photo Prize, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Seventh Gallery, Strange Neighbour Gallery, Hillvale Photography Group Show- Tinning St Gallery and Stockroom Gallery. Since 2012 Morgan has composed and performed live music for Choreographer James Batchelor including ISLAND (2014), DEEPSPACE (2017), Chunky Move Commission, Redshift (2017), HYPERSPACE (2018) and Proscenium (2019). Morgan has made original musical commissions for Joshua Lowe, Amber McCartney, QL2 Dance ACT, Studio Hi Ho and Aesop Japan.
Bek Berger is a creative producer, curator and contemporary performance artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her practice is focused on elevating contemporary artworks that sit in-between art forms, providing dramaturgical integrity and cultural continuity. Over the last three years Bek has worked extensively throughout Europe, New York and Australia with positions at MoMA PS1 (NYC, USA), American Realness Festival (NYC, USA), Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK), Forest Fringe (UK), Darwin Festival (AUS) and Dance Massive (AUS). As an independent producer and artist, Bek has worked with Aphids, Sisters Grimm, The Hayloft Project, Chamber Made Opera, Phillip Adams Balletlab and Lucy Guerin Inc. Bek currently sits on the Contemporary and Experimental Performance panel of the Greenroom Awards.