Digital Dirt performance
by Cristiana Cott Negoescu
Duration: 3 hours
Plan.d Gallery , Düsseldorf Germany.
April - May 2019
This performative installation is about consent and how consent is one of the few things that cannot be blurred out or miss-interpreted. Ideally.
With consent one can do anything, without consent one cannot do nothing.
Using the symbol of upskirting, this performative installation is representing what is happening behind an upskirt that has been done without consent.
The installation consists of two parts, happening in two separate rooms.
The first room is where the arcade game is and also where the public can take the decision to press the button that starts the upskirting and thus dictating the performace's action.
The second room is where the performer is, and where the automated upskirt takes place.
The performer's skirt is lifted by a ventilator and shortly after she is shot in the face with dirt.
The performer is passive all the way throughout the performace.
When an unconsented upskirt is taken, the one who takes it is active and the person being upskirted is passive. If the photos are uploaded on various websites they are viewed by many people, some of them would probably not do the upskirting themselves yet still they click on it.
The convenience of upskirting or downblousing has reached a point where one can simply access it on their phone in an immediate state of intimacy.
This performance is also about how we decide to look at privacy, what is privacy and how much we need to be invaded before we start thinking about it. It is about what happens to us online, about how lighthearted we take everything just because we are behind a screen.