Installation at Goldsmiths Creekside Project Space, December 2019
Material: body, wood, 3d printed plastic, gold leaf, seaweed, fungus, perspex, acrylic on canvas, ink on paper drawings, rope, leather, wig, office chair, jesmonite, glass, 4k video and sound.
Photography | Elly Clarke
Seduction, hypnosis, dissolution.
The installation takes its title from Roger Caillois’ description of games of Ilinx (1961) that induce temporary vertigo. This game of vertigo is inspired by the genre of Muzak and more recent forms of brain entrainment, aimed at subliminally driving growth and harnessing minds to the service of consumer capitalism. In this piece however, the viewer is gradually sucked into a kaleidoscopic journey, reminiscent of a hallucinogenic trip, as the sounds penetrate deeper and deeper into the body, to tempt out the instincts, awakened by this altered state.
Inside the installation, the viewer is surrounded by the pieces of the game. There is an order of things constructed as a geometric puzzle of animated objects – weights, measures, membranes. Everything is moving, breathing, watching, as the immersive images and soundscape envelop the visitor.
The moving image piece Voluptuous Panic dominates the space with hypnotic images of oceanic movement and watery textures that oscillate between the the subaquatic world of Jean Painlevé and the machinic symmetries of Busby Berkeley’s choreographies. The imagery inspired by the golden age of Hollywood, and set to the tone of the contemporary mindfulness industry, seduces the spectators into a scopic fascination. The frequencies of the sound are composed to entrain their brainwaves to a range of emotions, from comfort and relaxation, to fear and dread.
In a small inner space at the far end of the space, the squelch of slime and flesh surround a body caught in a Sisyphean cycle. Leaning precariously on a prosthesic stick, a third leg or limb, this creature keeps slipping into a mound of jelly, that is slowly and gradually disintegrating and drying out, as the water slowly evaporates.
Sound design in collaboration with Joel Cahen