Louise Ashcroft

Staff details

Position Tutor in Studio Practice
Department Art
Email L.Ashcroft (@gold.ac.uk)
Louise Ashcroft

Louise’s performances, videos, animations and installations chronicle her playfully disruptive investigations into the conventions of ordinary places like shopping centres, trade fairs, internet spaces, stranger’s homes, museums and the street. By directly challenging the rules and logic of such contexts through her interventions and overly-detailed comical analyses, she questions the bizarre norms of late capitalism and catalyses new myths; frequently bringing the viewer along as a co-conspirator through interactive workshops and experimental experiences which rethink social protocol. Capitalism is the clown, not Louise - she's just there for the ride. Louise is currently building a no-frills community sperm bank outside her house using an old B&Q bird box for her forthcoming stage show 'Crowdmum' which explores alternatives to conventional family structures.

Academic qualifications

  • MA Cultural and Critical Studies, Birkbeck, University of London 2008
  • BFA Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford 2004

Research interests

Interests include: Comedy, radical education, hackathons and ethical hacking, marketing, design, the internet, memes, trash, alternative family structures, queer theory, queer practice, belief systems, psychology, everyday life, social class, anarchism, technology, characterisation, improvisation, collage, storytelling, interventions, activism, sports, performance art, archives, site specific work, walking, script-writing, found objects, neurodiversity, alternative ways of living, counterculture, ecology, food and sustainability.

Publications

Performance

Ashcroft, Louise . 2018. Talking to a Brick Wall. In: "Talking to a Brick Wall", CCA Goldsmiths, United Kingdom, 23rd September 2018.

Ashcroft, Louise . 2018. Props. In: "Low Entertainment", Arch 5, United Kingdom, 26th June - 1st July 2018.

Ashcroft, Louise . 2018. On Hold: Call Centres and God. In: "Boring Conference 2018", Conway Hall, United Kingdom, 5th May 2018.

Ashcroft, Louise . 2018. One Hour Holiday. In: "One Hour Holiday", Various, United Kingdom, February, June, and July 2018.

Ashcroft, Louise . 2017. Monsters of the Deep. In: "Coastal Currents Festival 2017", Coastal Currents Festival Hastings, United Kingdom, 2nd Sept - 1st Oct 2017.

Ashcroft, Louise . 2013. Unperforming. In: "Unperforming", Artsadmin, United Kingdom, 13th September 2017, 1st March 2018, 10th May 2018.

Show/Exhibition

Ashcroft, Louise . 2017. I'd Rather Be Shopping. In: "I'd Rather Be Shopping", Arebyte Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 18 August - 20 September 2017.

Further profile content

Conferences and talks

2019: Speaking Fiction to Power
Keynote at 36th Chaos Communication Congress (2019, Leipzig). CCC is an annual conference organized by the Chaos Computer Club.