Only Girl In The World – Selected videos from the Performance Arcade 2015.
The final loop of videos has a 45min duration.
The artist runs a film studio, carefully measuring the space, marking scenes, and recording her figure in action. This elaborate process results in hacking found clips and glitching herself into romantic scenes from famous movies, interrupting these climactic moments of romance with her own intervention, possessing a sincerity that disarms the imposed limitations of romantic conventions in mainstream media.
In Star, the artist unremittingly inhabits the condition of her own failure, her fallibility and frankness displacing grace and illusionism.
Star is part of a suite of videos that examine the language of comedy as a potential agent in exploring contemporary views on feminism. It draws on the physical nature of performance art seen in the second wave feminism movement of the 60’s and 70’s.
The humor in slapstick/physical comedy is derived from the comic’s insistence to maintain control, even after it has been abandoned by those around them. Typical slapstick characters reenact the condition of the modern citizen who, finds that in the eyes of the law nothing they do can ever satisfy, and they are incapable of doing anything right, no matter how hard they try.
A star is intangible, resplendent, magical, spiritual, famous. It is something that is literally impossible to become. In a bundle of taped together cardboard and glitter, these attempts to conform to social ritual are taken to an extreme, rendering it a ridiculous and pointless task. In this, it reveals that there is no way to fulfill the norm, and consequently, works to absolve the artist and all participators in society from the unreasonable demand to meet the standards of social conventions.
Shown at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington as part of Typical Girls Exhibition, curated by Bryce Galloway.
Sign Of The Hag
Audio visual performance collaboration with Daniel Beban (Orchestra of Spheres).