As if staring into the blinding light of solar heat. SONNE is a performance to camera of a distilled, appropriated and fragmented version of How Soon is Now by The Smiths. With a Dronology soundtrack in electronic vein of Sunn O))) and Laurie Anderson to give an air of otherness and esoteric electronic channelling. I take tokens of contemporary music as a starting point, specifically masculine sibylline posturing in pop culture. I appropriate the lyrics by slowing them down to re-investigate the words, create intense links and new meanings to these existing songs. In this performance, instead of “I am the son and heir” I revert this to “I am the sun and air”. In this way to explore the relationship of the interior and exterior landscape by evoking a timelessness present through an inhuman voice of the self. The intense spotlight beam isolates my face and silhouette, fixing it in space and annuls time. The light here is a materialisation of the "ungraspable", the intersection of transcendence and the visual.

For SONNE I paint my face gold and cover it in 24kt gold dust and wear theatrical black contacts.

Filmed in one take as part of Three Points of Contact Residency at GSA

2013

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