I Want It That Way,
curated by Estelle Fournier,
at 16 Nicholson street, Glasgow (Uk)
This is a one-night-only event in two acts where karaoke is used as a curatorial tool to invite a singing squad to crossover their practice with a weekly ritual and all the spectacle illusion that goes with it. From the pub to the gallery space, a crowd to another. The relationship of ordinary people to stardom, make believe and embellishment.
Five artists are invited to give their all to strangers at a point where facts and fiction collide.
« In a world that really has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood. The spectacle is affirmation of appearance and affirmation of all human life, namely social life, as mere appearance. But the critique which reaches the truth of the spectacle exposes it as the visible negation of life, as a negation of life which has become visible. »
The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord
I. A Brief History of Entertainment, 7 min
II. Skipperrr (without BAMAS) live, noise & dance performance, 16 min
« How about being a cyborg
I love to be a cyborg
I’d like to be a party boy
How about being an acrobat, a magician, a dancer, a server, a horse-back rider and a lion tamer
I’d love to dangle from a ceiling
I like to be a sleeping giant
How about earning Fifty Three Thousand Two Hundred dollars
I like to have empathy for objects
I love a vagina swagger »
Dr Hundleman, 15min
There once was a villa that stood in a small village in the Italian countryside. In this Villa lived an English family, a wife, a husband and a son. The father, Dr Hundleman worked as a botanist exclusively in plants that fruit. His garden, that is the garden within the walled grounds of the villa, was an unmatchable display in its variety, scale and overall beauty. But it was a particularly climactic beauty as once the fruit had dropped from the boughs the arched and shadowy avenues would be exposed to the brazen sun and winter, the fruitless season, would begin to creep.
Performance and Video Installation 4mins, 19sec
MVB presents a tableau vivant performance reminiscent of a musical jewelry box, accompanied by a video piece, shot whilst on residency at Dumfries House in 2016. The latex footage appears like liquid, its reflection offering the viewer a unique sense of voyeurism, which lies not just in the authors physical undressing, but rather in fleeting moments of vulnerability as she unravels in front of her lover. The modified vocals of a well known power ballad, along with the binding of breasts contrast against tropes of hyper femininity in sparkling red.
Dress by Carmel O’Brien / Hair by Christopher Hutton
With special thanks to Natalie McGowan
Liv Fontaine and Joe Evans
Why did you do it Eve? 25 min
So there is an online dating site called OK Cupid and it matches you with a love interest based on a number of personality questions. One of them being: Secretly does nuclear war excite you? Does the prospect of nuclear war get you off ? Does the total destruction of the world get you hard? In this new work Liv will be exploring ideas that amongst other things relate to expectations of shame, total war, total hysteria, inappropriate appropriations, strident stereotypes, privatisation of industries, celebrity endorsements of pointless products, Stockholm syndrome, baby making and constant pleasure faking. Sound by Joe Evans.
Si j’étais un homme (if I were a man), 5 min
If I were a man, I would be the captain of a green and white boat. I would become my craziest dream, a list of stereotypes and clichés of what I am longing for. Are you saying your truth or singing your lies ? It is a fantasy of empowerment, possibilities and achievements, elegant strong boats, sex on the beach, pearls and perfume. A lost in translation message doomed to no answer.
All pictures by Sofie Adelsparre
Poster by Roxane Spang