Pic by Emma Daisy
I live and make on Whadjuk Noongar land in Boorloo (Perth), so-called Australia. On this land I also like to write, play, listen, and sew.
Nike Mo is a moniker under which I perform and release alt/freak-folk music. Great Statue is the music and ‘performance art’ moniker through which I channel the still-living Laurie Anderson in karaoke drag. I perform and contribute to the musical projects Didion’s Bible and Lyndon Blue. I organise and curate with Tone List, a Boorloo-based label for exploratory music. I cut hair for strictly no money but will accept trades, handmade gifts, treasures, beers and/or favours. I also focus attention towards nourishing non-human-animal relationships, specifically with my small, wiry-haired dog, Kendrick.
I approach broadcast and community radio as resources for practicing collective attention, attunement and listening. I co-present Drivetime with Doug Swamp, a weekly segment on community radio station RTRFM 92.1 which airs every Monday from 5-7PM (AWST). I also belong to the Difficult Listening collective, a radio segment for experimental music on Sunday nights 9-11PM; you can catch my selections every month-ish. My previous works for the radio medium include Whitegums are standing with their feet in the water (2018) and Listen to the distance between us (2019), which was commissioned for Moonah Community Radio by Sisters Akousmatica [Lutruwita].
Across some of the year I facilitate creative projects in Tura’s regional program, and through this work I spend time on Martu and Gija lands in the East Pilbara and Kimberley, and also in Fitzroy Crossing on the banks of the Martuwarra river. This is Bunuba land, but since colonial settlement and the forced displacement of many Aboriginal people in the region, it has also become home to Walmajarri, Gooniyandi and Wangkatjungka language groups, as well as many others. I am extremely privileged to facilitate sound-based projects with these communities and to be welcomed onto their country.
My work has been premiered and exhibited in festivals including Totally Huge New Music Festival, Fairbridge Festival, Audible Edge, FRINGEWORLD, WAMfest and Sound Spectrum, and installation works at Cullity Gallery and Mundaring Arts Centre. This year Great Statue was nominated for Best Experimental Act in the WAM Awards, and in 2019 Nika Mo was nominated for Best Folk act and Most Popular New Act. In 2016 I was awarded the Robert Juniper Award for the Arts. My work has been commissioned by Liquid Architecture [Naarm] the National Gallery of Australia [Ngambri country], Sisters Akousmatica [Lutruwita], Tura and Decibel Ensemble.