Surface Attention: new performance work

Surface Attention is a series of bodily interventions in the social and public space of the gallery/theatre. New work which will be performed in re-used spaces across Europe this summer.

Whether centre stage or roaming through the space, the female performer costumed and primed for erotic display in black lingerie, absurdly directs her performance to walls and corners. Finding gaps, nooks and protrusions in the architecture, she presses and squeezes herself across surfaces and into crevices, feeling and exploring the architecture with her skin.

This new work opens out the narcissistic impulse in performance, literally and symbolically pushing it to the surface. The performance space as frame - whether purpose built gallery, theatre, re-used industrial or leisure space -becomes implicated in the female performer's perverse desires. The work seeks to twist the voyeuristic gaze by presenting a spectacle that shifts between erotic, absurd and abject.