PLATFORM was excited to present “Am I Being Hypnotized by an Inground Swimming Pool”, a new performance work by acclaimed Toronto artist Bridget Moser.
“Am I Being Hypnotized by an Inground Swimming Pool” was a performance that took on multiple forms and shifted unpredictably between performative modes, texts, and sounds. Seemingly improvised but in fact carefully scripted, it featured bizarre interactions with everyday inanimate objects, abstract body movements and absurd monologues, resulting in a performance that was entertaining, affective and bewildering.
The performance took place Wednesday, 20 June in the Winnipeg Cinematheque. There were two performances, one at 3:00 p.m. and one at 6:00 p.m.
This performance was presented in conjunction with “If You Have a Similar Story Keep it to Yourself”, Moser’s solo exhibition in the gallery which runs from 25 May–06 July 2018.
PLATFORM would like to thank the artist for her permission to post documentation of the performance.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bridget Moser is a performance and video artist whose work is suspended between prop comedy, experimental theatre, performance art, absurd literature, existential crisis and intuitive dance. Her work looks ironically at contemporary culture and complex anxieties. She works with pop music, her own body and banal everyday objects like chairs, masks, bedsheets, hairdryers, shower curtains, etc—to create original and intelligent works. Moser captivates her audiences by creating works that question and examine the relationships between consumer and product, inner and outer thoughts, and contemporary notions of wellbeing and self-help techniques.
Living and working in Toronto, she has presented work in venues across Canada and throughout the US and Europe. Moser has been a resident artist at The Banff Centre and at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy. The recipient of a William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists and a 2016 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Finalist Prize, her work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Visual Arts News, Artribune Italy, The Dance Current, NOWNESS, and Mousse Magazine. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Canada and Italy and has been exhibited in venues such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mercer Union and Gallery TPW (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Western Front (Vancouver). She was shortlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award.