A Proxy for a Thousand Eyes

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Creative Work (exhibition)
A Proxy for a Thousand Eyes, 2020
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A Proxy for a Thousand Eyes (2020) was commissioned by Sydney Opera House for Antidote Festival of Ideas. It consists of a live performance and video work. Performed on 29 November 2020, the live performance took social distancing as an instruction for choreographing a series of intimate touch moves. Five cameras, along with a cleaner and a bell ringer were employed as co-performers. In the quiet of the Utzon Room I staged strangers' safe touching through a series of designed timber and plastic screens. The design and performance of this work used the Opera Houses' social distancing rules to every aspect of the project. In other words, Covid-safe protocols offered a productive framework from which to generate and enjoy intimacy with strangers while promoting dialogue between myself and the public about the experience of not being able to touch. The performance was undertaken with fifty participants in front of a small live audience across three discrete sessions. Footage from the five cameras have been developed into a video work. It will be screened in April 2021 as part of 'Returning' and online exhibition (Sydney Opera House) and toured across regional galleries in NSW during 2021-2022.
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