Minns is an older non-binary multidisciplinary artist using dance, music technology, words, video and liveness. Immersed in the London queer club scene of the 1990s they were bassist in bands such as Leigh Bowery’s Minty and Aiden Shaw’s Whatever, and were a combat medallist in Silat martial arts world championships in 1997 while earning a living as a sex worker. As a mature person they took a degree in Dance and Music Technology, and began working with motion-sensing music tech in conjunction with martial arts.
Minns then wrote and toured mixed-genre socially engaged theatre: Get Therapy, Danielle Imara’s In Jail; made collaborative video art: Y&I series, Matters A:Rising and award-winning solo pieces, performed solo live art/cabaret at many queer events (Duckie, Deep Trash, The Glory), and facilitated collaborative durational eco live art via Be-coming Tree. Minns is a member of non-binary live art gang FBI+A, who have performed works at LADA and MK Gallery and made collaborative video. Minns has now returned to the exciting combination of martial arts based movement and motion sensing music tech. Supported by Creative Scotland they have begun to explore improvised continuous movement wearing limb-mounted sensors to create soundscapes.
Performance & Technology residency
Minns likes unexpected combinations, believing in the supreme connection of all forms and all beings. By combining ancient, esoteric movement forms with state of the art technology there is a sense of circularity, a laugh at the supposed linearity of time, and the hope that the resultant soundscapes might have a cosmic resonance. Minns wishes to create new forms that do not answer the right questions.