ALL EYES ON US is a group performance, created for and presented at my final degree exam at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in June 2015. The location where the performance takes place is the the hall for life-drawing classes (Aktsaal) in which I used to work as a nude model during my studies. ALL EYES ON US is a project centered on representational critique, questions and ambivalences of in/visibility*, systematic oppression of marginalised bodies, empowerment, looking back and acting with agency. ALL EYES ON US speaks from an intersectional, queer-feminist perspective, connecting issues of classism, racism, sexism, transphobia, fatphobia, homophobia, femmephobia as well as elitism in the context of art and knowledge production.
The performance itself is influenced by a previous event which I had organised in the same space in January 2015, called Purrr!_Femme!-ance! - Actions, Performances & Cake (aka Queer Femininities In Action). For said event, eight artists – connected through the hub of subversive femininity – presented solo works speaking about various issues regarding identity politics and representation. For ALL EYES ON US I invited some of the artists to perform with me as a collective body. I wrote and composed a new performance with reference to materials (such as single text lines, clothing, gestures) that had been created by the participating artists themselves for Purrr!_Femme!-ance!, already. Yet, cut-up, mixed with new material and transfered into another form and context.
Our audience was the exam commission (14 professors), fellow students and colleagues from the Academy as well as friends and colleagues from outside the Academy whom I invited to be present.
*What get's lost for the human eye in the video are the specifications of our deliberately designed costumes. Working with the (conceptual) idea of camouflage, this element appears sometimes more direct (as in the scene with the exchange of tights where one comes with a classic camouflage pattern) and sometimes more freely interpreted. Ashley wears a leggings with an all-over Barbie photo print, I wear a coat with an all-over €-notes photo print, a full body suit (2nd skin) with an all-over french fries photo print, Astrid wears a shirt with a pattern that seems to be classic camouflage but is composed of sexualised female figurines.
Concept + Script: Julischka Stengele
Performing artists: Ashley Bailey, Astrid Sodomka, Julischka Stengele, Pato Wiesauer, Patrick Weber, Tabitha Dattinger
Assistance: Denise Kottlett, Nora Jacobs
Costume production: Pato Wiesauer
Video documentation: Liesa Kovacs & Nick Prokesch
Text of the performance: http://bit.ly/1K68H2Y