Phrenic, 2018, performance presented as part of Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2018. Photograph Credit: Jacqui Shelton
Devised as a corollary to Hypnic (2017), in this performance a replica of the artist’s snout is held in their palm. A duet is sung between a live and a recorded voice, both voices sliding and cracking between baritone and alto vocal ranges. The voices break from ongoing hormone replacement therapy, and the sculptural mouth is fractured through outstretching arms when it sings a sliding scale. These gestures of breaking a body are also gestures of performative utterances. The lyrics of this song “words a bridge between the eyes / a verbal wriggle in the sky” do what they say.
First rendition, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 24 February 2018.
Second rendition, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 22 March 2018.