Live performance with digital video and sound.
Melodramatic and deliberately film noir-ish, this performance was premiered at ‘Projet/Projo’, a Studio 303 exhibition/event (production in collaboration with Mai), Montreal, Canada.
Much of my work looks at voice, silence and power, through the use of displaced and disordered identities or personae. In this performance, the protagonist (the live performer) is inside her own melodrama talking with fractured versions of her identity, inside her own head, inside her imagination and visualised like an old film.
The women, live and recorded, appear to speak but the words have been taken from old movies and reworked into the soundtrack. They are lip-syncing – these are not their own voices yet they seem to be speaking. The voices speak of discomfort, suicide and madness.
As the protagonist struggles to keep hold of herself, of her voice, her composure, she is always taken over by a voice that constantly undermines her. Finally the malevolent images fade and she retreats to her original position, pulling the film back over her body until she is hidden once more by the celluloid.
Duration 13 minutes
Live performance with Super 8 projection & Sound
A soundtrack plays on hidden speakers. The first section is a rhythmic composition of clicks and grinding sounds, followed by collaged sounds, voices, whispers and music. A Super 8 projector stands approximately 8-10 feet in front of figure.
The figure begins by moving her head from side to side, all the time muttering to herself. Her movements expand and she begins to sway in semi circular motion, still gripping chair, all the time muttering. The movement becomes increasingly violent. At a signal her movements stop immediately. She brings her head up, eyes closed, holding still. A Super 8 projection begins – it is an image of an animated face and is projected onto the impassive face of the artist. The movements begin again and the sequence is repeated twice more, changing each time and getting ever more violent. The performance is brought to a halt with an aggressive chorus of “I’ve Written a letter to Daddy’, courtesy of the film ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’
Duration 9.5 minutes
Lost (Perdut – Catalan trans.)
Location: Centre Cultural la Merce, Girona, Spain
Occasion: 7-8th March 2008, International Women’s Day [Dia Internacional de les Dones]
Space: Central area of large cloisters (the building was an old monastery and is now functioning as a cultural centre). Overlooked by two storeys of windows and balconies. People watch from balconies and walkway surrounding cloisters. On one balcony, a projector is positioned – the image hits the ground as a skewed rectangle. Small candles burn in the corners of the space.
Performance: A sole female figure occupies the central area of a Cloister space. She marks out 12 areas by placing various objects in the on the ground. Bound tightly at the waist with black ribbon, she is attached to twelve pillars. She sways gently and sings quietly as a video projection plays over her, from above. Surrounding her is evidence of the process and actions that brought her to this point.
For Gresol Art, Girona.
Duration approx. 2 hours
Place: The Jacobean Undercroft, Greenwich Palace, London.
A soundscape and a durational performance, are the main components of this work, which has been specially devised for the Jacobean Undercroft, The work is a response to the function and architecture of this ancient underground space, and is concerned with retrieval and reconstruction through action. Viewers could come and go as they pleased.
Duration 2-4 hours
For the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, as part of the ‘Eagle Document’ exhibition/event
The figure is female, dressed in black, long sleeved, high necked top and very full skirt (to just above ankles). No shoes. Her waist is pulled in very tight by a belt. She is suspended by her hair, via a noose attached to a rope and pulley. Just the tips of her toes touch the floor. She is neither on the floor, nor in the air. At all times her hands are open, her eyes do not blink. Seemingly destined to repeat herself over and over, she is exposing the voices in her head, exposing a litany of descriptions that she has taken on for herself, and daring the viewer to watch her and embrace her discomfort.
Live durational performance
This performance was developed in response to the space and context of the yearly performance event, organized by Paul Gregoire. The site is a beach on the Isles de Madeleine, just off the coast of Quebec, Canada. It is a tiny and very old fishing community and the beaches are lined with small wooden huts. Not dwellings to live in, these constructions were occupied by the wives of the fishermen who would prepare the fish that the men caught. The experiences of these women would have revolved around hard work and waiting for the men to return and of course, there were times when the boats would be lost at sea. The performance was devised here with this history in mind and also in conjunction with the other artists’ actions in the event. In some ways the piece is about being literally tied to the land whilst yearning for that which is lost at sea but it is also about the strength and endurance of the female body and about how the work of women is interactive and relational.
Duration approx 2 hours