MOVE & LEISURE STATE
Ben Taaffe is an avid collector of sound and music, a prominent Australian DJ, promoter, sound artist, and recreational dancer based in Boorloo (Perth, Western Australia). He has been working in collaborative projects with local and international artists, venues, promoters and community members across a broad range of practices involving sound, music, performance, space activation and events over the last 20 years. He’s the man behind Move events and Freedom Time Festival, Part-time public programme producer at WA Museum Boola Bardip and he is part of the Interzone, Planet X and System collectives. Ben is also a co-host the long-running dance and new music radio show, Underground Solution, on RTRFM. He also holds a PhD in politics and sociology at Murdoch University, investigating the intersections of music, social change and politics in the lives of young people.
Alex Coles is a Perth based stage/lighting designer, installation artist, technician, DJ and event promoter. He has been a passionate and pro-active member in the Perth music and arts communities for the last 10 years. Alex has produced stage and lighting designs and installations for large scale dance music events including Planet X, Freedom Time, System, Interzone and his own event series Leisure State. Through his considered and creative approach to dance music events and spaces, Alex creates uniquely energising contexts for enjoyment, refreshment, free expression and connection, supporting emerging Perth producers and artists with an inclusive, community focus.