This intense video portrait draws on over 100 hours of documentation recorded during Charlie Murphy's infamous participatory 'kiss-in' events. These events set out of collect casts of the inside of many different people's kisses, using a quick setting dental alginate.
Each couple is asked to hold their pose for over 90 seconds whilst the material sets, presenting an excrutiatingly long time for non verbal communication to unfold between the participants.Highlighting key moments from over 10 years worth of footage, Murphy presents some of the most intriguing, challenging and revealing behaviour displayed at these casting sessions in a mesmerising survey which offers an extraordinary insight into the act and dynamics of the kiss.
Integrating excerpts of dialogue with recordings of kissing taken from inside the mouth, composer Jorge Queijo has developed an electrifying score that conceptualises the sound of kissing using electronic, choral and cello instrumentation.
When performed live, Jorge composes using live recordings of the inside of the kiss in collaboration with willing members of the audience, mixing prerecorded instrumentation , electronic samples and is accompanied with a haunting cello solo performed by Tara Franks.
Short Biography of Director/ Producer
Charlie Murphy’s portfolio includes dramatic visual art installations that employ glass, light, photography, live performance and participatory events involving kissing, dentistry, cart-wheeling, country dancing, pantomime horses and gymnastics.
She graduated in Fine Art (Photography) from the RCA in 1999 and has exhibited extensively at national and international art festivals, public spaces and galleries and including Artsway’s ‘New Forest Pavilion’ at the Venice Biennale 2005, the Edinburgh Festival 2006, Artist Collectables at Tate Modern 2007, the Big Dance Festival 2008 , ’On the Waterfront’ festival in Liverpool 2010 and the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston 2012.
A major presentation of her ‘The Anatomy of Desire’ mixed media project was presented at the Wellcome Collection, (London) in autumn 2011 and she was recently commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery to develop, direct and present a live performance and video of her participatory ‘Kingston Big Wheel’ project for their ‘No Competition’programme. She is based in London.