siouxzi mernagh | words + pictures | solo performance, EXPO

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Cabinet of Peep: new solo show

September 21 – 23, EXPO, Berlin.

“For the first installment of the “Voyeurs” series, EXPO is welcoming Australian award-winning writer and moving-images maker Siouxzi Mernagh.

For the occasion, Siouxzi Mernagh is presenting her “Cabinet of Peep”, a possibly indiscrete performance initiated on the base of her recently finished second novel, “The Peep Show”.

In “Voyeurs”, performers don’t act directly in front of the public. They are entrapped within the exhibiting apparatus, a closed white cube of 8m3 from which spectators are excluded. “Voyeurs” revolves around a voyeuristic contraption.

If the performance takes place inside a closed space, the spectators peek only what peers through the fabric of the cube. If they are not in it, they are forced outside of it. They can surround it, move around it, sit next to it, stand far from it, look at it, come closer and peep in it or do none of the above. The choice is theirs.

In “Voyeurs”, the viewer is put in the position to think about his place in the viewing process. He can interact (peep) with the structure separating him from the performer or he can decide not to and surrender is ability to see, possibly letting his other senses take over his experience of the performance.

With “Voyeurs”, artists are invited to take advantage of this peculiar and perverted scenography which either deals with subjects already present in their work or explores new facets of it.”

The Author

Author of the book "Little Houses, Big Forests (desire is no light thing)", published by Repeater Books, distributed by Penguin Random House. Former fellow of the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry:

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