Skin & Fever
2 x performances made for video, with sound. To accompany each other, played on monitors.
The works are played on 2 identical (large) monitors, set sideways on plinths, placed either side of a doorway/staircase. They are set at approximately head height and each monitor has headphones attached.
Each monitor plays a video performance of a single female figure. In both she is miming to a popular song – ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee and ‘I’ve Got you Under My Skin’ by Frank Sinatra. In the first (Fever) she is hot, perspiring and her eyes water. She lip-syncs deadpan to the camera and gradually her nose begins to bleed, blood seeping into her mouth by the end of the song. On the second (Skin) she scratches at herself constantly throughout the song. She is edgy and anxious. These works were created for a show entitled ‘Contagious’ and make a play with the words of the songs and the title of the show, switching constantly between literal and metaphoric positions.
Duration 3 minutes each (looped for presentation)
For FA+ at Malmo Museum, Sweden
Performance made on a mobile phone, for viewing on small screens/handheld devices
The work was devised in part as a response to the ‘Happy Slapping’ craze that was sweeping the UK in the mid 2000’s. ‘Happy Slapping’ is a strange phenomenon that has emerged as a result of the flood of cheap mobile phones with cameras. Part Jackass, part slapstick, the action is usually relatively harmless but there is a darker side to this craze. Happy Slapping has been a feature in both rape and murder cases and as such it is now considered by some as encouraging violent tendencies.
‘Happy Slap’ is a little dark, private performance in which I ‘slap my self silly’. The music playing over the top of the work is ‘Is This Love’ from the cartoon version of Cinderella to suggest perhaps that this is an enactment of perverse self-love/violence.
Duration 2.5 minutes