In this week's Playlist we present a selection of videos by our our members on the theme of domesticity.
Eldi Dundee, 'It's all been done before...' (dress rehearsal), 2009
Tutors at Byam Shaw had been commenting all along on the performative aspects of much of Eldi's work, and yet she had been resisting incorporating straightforward performance on her art course for some undefined reason, despite training as an actor many years prior.
This performance came to Eldi's mind fully formed when in that liminal space between wake and sleep one night. The set, the props, the actions were all there; all that was needed was to show up and perform it. Notes were taken, a proposal written, and a play-dough making recipe sourced...
The title says it all, doesn't it? "It's all been done before..."
Joseph Ismail, repetition compulsion (transformation) ((after 'Semiotics of the Kitchen', Rosler)), 2010
Although not a feminist work, like the title would suggest, it is, nevertheless concerned with a relocation of work and process into domesticity, and seeks to question and subvert notions of labour and production. using food as an artists' material the repetition compulsion transforms a solid into a liquid and obsessively extends beyond the point of practicality and enters into the realm of allegory.
Natalie Ramus, It Doesn't Fit Anymore, 2016
This is a response to the various roles I play in my life as mother, wife and artist; and how they each create boundaries / tension with each other. I decided to wear my wedding dress as a symbol of the weight I carry when trying to be experimental and explorative in my art practise. The heavy wedding dress a symbol of the domestic goddess and subservient wife that I grew up to idolise through role play as a child. It is ironic that my wedding dress that I wore in 2007 is now two sizes too small; not only does the dress not fit, but I don't fit into the role that the cumbersome restrictive dress symbolises. The mental struggle becomes a physical one as I battle with the physicality of the dress and my body to attempt to demolish a tumble dryer (the "domestic goddess'" tool) with a sledge hammer (a "man's tool") that weighed 7lb (the weight of an average British baby).
Brighid Black, An Elephant Never Forgets, 2010
Installation with two wardrobes and a mirror with digital video projection. Familiar domestic objects gradually transform into a shifting mass of green foliage as though recalling a past state of existence in the wild- wood or dreaming of a future when they will return to that place.