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this is a public work

2015
durational performance

this is a public work was a durational performance piece exploring the notion of the accessibility of the gallery space, and calling into question the relationship digital and virtual art exhibition has with real, vulnerable, accessibility

during the performance, i drew on the established tradition of confessional writing in concert with my existing abstract painting practice to create objects and artefacts exploring the theme of vulnerability.

although this was perfomed in situ during an open studios exhibition, those physically present could still only access the piece virtually through a laptop displaying the livestream. this was chosen in order to emphasise the means of distribution, and question the hierarchy of physical attendance over virtual attendance in gallery spaces.

looking back on this work, it relates heavily to the themes of performance, alienation through online selves, virtualisation of human connection, and the pursuit of true connection which have persisted throughout my practice.