My idiot (head on the wall) | 2007
My idiot is a video performance where two women each walk into a separate frame and repeatedly bang their heads onto the facing wall. The action continues for over six minutes. On the right side: the performer’s gesture is mechanical and robotic. To the left: she is exhausted and in agony. Inspired by suicidal tendencies of the Philippine tarsier, a primate who (when in captivity, should they become depressed) ends its life in one of three ways: drowning itself in its water bowl, starving itself, or by banging its head on the wall until it drops dead.
My idiot is a 2-channel video installation displayed on two walls that are built out of a corner of the gallery space. As a structure, the protruding corner provides a venue for the two projected images which communicate with one another through tempo and intensity.
La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
Hart House, University of Toronto. Part of SCOTIABANK
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