Peer Pleasure, is the first of a series of multimedia intimate and interactive performances and installations that will, through the experience of three female artists, explore how our personal narratives are constructed and how they relate to public/private persona and identity.
How free are the choices we make about our lives? Do we brand ourselves to hide our pain? Is our brand our identity? How do we see ourselves and view others?
The first manifestation will reveal the narratives of three female artists through dance/movement, spoken and written text, visual media and music. Marketing and propaganda techniques will be employed to expose the manner in which our belief systems and knowledge are manipulated through our innate need for pleasure and alleviation of pain.
There will be practical explorations with mirrors relating to aesthetics, choreography, identity, gaze and audience interaction based on my research into the use of mirrors in various art forms. The project will interrogate how audiences are engaged emotionally and intellectually: how do we inspire their contemplation of the performers’ and their own narrative and public/private identities in relation to the political and socioeconomic context?