This listening event is part of a new collaborative project exploring self-care, precarious mundanity and emotional labour in relation to our bodies, as a personal and collective issue. For this Malcolm Bradley and Emily Perry, noticing overlapping themes of reproductive labour, have adapted two new text works, collectively titled Keratin.
The works refer to survival methods and certain personalities that sabotage our arduous attempts at self-care. In a series of real life and imaginary accounts we meet the many versions of an inner critic and prod at them for imagery. Relationships with the body are prevalent yet fraught and there is a reoccurring sense that the body is not our own. Internal conflict obscures knowledge and, as each personality is truly felt, the confusion of decision-making is accentuated.
The works do not attempt to reconcile this discomfort but instead aim to highlight certain absurdities and conjure atmosphere with the imagery. We want to explore this process as a form of self-care; the work will be received by communal listening creating both passive and active engagement. The visuals of the work exist in the audience's mind (as is always the case) and in the quite performance of the bodies in the exhibition space.
Reception: Friday, July 5th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm