THE SUPREME SPASM
4 channel video installation, 15 mins, 2016.
The Supreme Spasm is adapted from Paul Margueritte's 1888 play Pierrot murderer of his wife, about a mime who tickles his wife to death. After her demise, her spirit enters him and tickles him until he expires as well.
The installation re-conceptualizes surveillance as an act of performance, with Pierrot controlling the cameras. Each camera angle is a recording of a different performance, creating an uncanny, ghost-like performance of surveillance. An allegorical structure for revealing the slippages of identity, The Supreme Spasm enacts a dialogue between contemporary forms (surveillance, social media) and ancient ones (mime, theater) in order to trace the historical roots of our fascination with performance of the self.
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Installation view at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.