dreamboy, 17th August 2016, performance piece, approximately 7min, Victorian College of the Arts
Through altered movements and a prosthetic nose and lips the artist embodied a “dreamboy”, a sensorial expression of imagined boyhood. The artist wrote the declarative statement
Above all else a dreamboy believes in relativity and sexuality.
Nothing is universal.
Everything can be fucked.
The silent hesitant movements of the body combined with a clear message created a vacillating dialogue between visibility and invisibility, ability and inability. Evoking the philosophy of relativity suggested an emancipatory reading of the performance: the dreamboy and the audience members are given permission to change, and to interpret the world in their own subjective manner.
Photodocumentation by Alison McCann