Live performance / 60 min
Multi-channel video installation
Sophiensaele, Berlin 2017 / premiere
Schwankhalle, Bremen 2018
Sophiensaele, Berlin 2018
Arts House, Melbourne 2018
"This work is dedicated to every Queen I have ever met. Every single one."
HIGHNESS is a kind of shapeshift through a series of potential Queen personas.
It is aninhabitation of the work of wearing a crown in the everyday;
in stories and in histories of colony,blood, theft, duty, devotion, and spectacle,
always in relation to one's subjects.
HIGHNESS drawson the syntax of Music Video and The Pop Concert
exploring how images of 'regal feminine' power
are constructed and deployed in (in)famous and everyday realms.
HIGHNESS critiques the construct of the exalted figure
through revealing the ways in which the construction of fierce images are produced
through the labour of many invisible hands, and by exposing the complicated
politics of reproduction on terms of heirs, images and reputation.
HIGHNESS is the second piece in the Arch Type trilogy of performance & video works.
This series began in 2015 with MIRA FUCHS.
The three works investigate economies of affect as they relate
to three available archetypes of performing womanhood:
the Whore, the Queen, and, the Hag.
The video and set for the work were made in collaboration with artist, Sam Smith.