Interview with JOF about his bOing 2018 Experience!

We spoke to JOF about his time bringing 10 minute dance parties to Canterbury as part of bOing 2018!

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First, tell us a little about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Joseph O’Farrell but everyone calls me JOF.

I’m a multi-art performer, producer, curator, musician and lecturer making work between Melbourne and London.

I create large-scale installation/theatre works with, and for, community that celebrates our diversity and brings people together in hilarious and unlikely situations.

We loved Ten Minute Dance Parties at bOing 2018! What led you to creating that artwork?

I made it by accident with some of my best mates at a music festival in Melbourne. It existed as a dance party that would happen between 3-5am.

Later on, I thought it would be a fantastic frame work to create in collaboration with young people and teach them all the skills I have learnt being a touring artist and musician over the past 10 years

What is your favourite thing about touring your art around the world?

It’s the people. I love the opportunity to tour and create work with different people from different walks of life. I love sharing ideas, meals and conversations around art and life.

Ten Minute Dance Parties is particularly special as I get to meet great groups of young people and watch them grow as performers and DJ’s

How would you describe bOing Festival to someone who has never heard of it?

It’s a rich program of some of the best works across Europe. But most importantly, it means something to the city of Canterbury. People love it and are invested in supporting it year after year.

What advice or little pieces of wisdom would you give a young person who wants to get into the artistic world?

Don’t talk about it DO IT!

Participation and fun is the best way of learning.

If you want to be a rockstar, find some friends and start a band in a garage!

If you want to be a Hollywood actor, borrow a phone or a camera and press record!

See stuff, write stuff and be playful and not precious.

But most importantly, never compare yourself to anyone else. You are YOU and that’s really special.

And finally, how would you sum up your time at bOing 2018 in 7 words?”

Brilliant time with brilliant people watching art!

Jonny Brace

Guest Contributor

Communications Assistant for ART31KENT. Marketing Intern for Gulbenkian. A member of Gulbenkian Uncovered. Also a Business & Management student with a love of Musical Theatre, Doctor Who and sweetcorn.