Curated by Xanthe Dobbie
E O Gill, Sandrine Deumier
Casual online voyeurism is the new panopticon. We’ve accepted that we’re all being watched - maybe we’re kind of into it. New Intimacies interrogates contemporary relationships between people, objects and technologies, and brings together recent work from artists EO Gill (AU) and Sandrine Deumier (FR). Approaching notions of intimacy from aesthetically disparate positions, the artists consider the poetics of closeness in a time of perpetual change.
Sandrine Deumier’s Pink Party (2017) is a mechanical ballet set in the era of cyborgs and artificial human behaviours. Comprised of 21 scenes, 13 of which are included in this exhibition, Pink Party combines indistinctly cybernetic chimeras, humanoids and objectified humans with reversible identities and behaviours. Each scene depicts a disturbingly beautiful prefiguration of artificial humanity.
EO Gill’s video work Physical (2018) toys with documentary mode, introducing the viewer to the everyday lives of its subjects; Catmeat, Candy, The Satellite Boys and Rubbermaid. Physical expresses a reality which is not inherently stable or objective, but instead variably produced and experienced.
Sandrine Deumier is an author, video artist and performer based in Toulouse, France. With her dual philosophical and artistic training, Deumier constructs multifaceted poetry focused on issues of technological change and the performative place of poetry conceived through new technologies. Using material from the word as image and the image as a word vector, she also works at the junction of video and sound poetry, considering them as sensitive devices to express a form of unconscious material itself. Her practice spans text, digital poetry, multimedia installation and audio-visual performance in collaboration with composers. Deumier holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Toulouse II University (FR) and has exhibited and performed on an expansive international scale.
EO Gill is a Sydney-based artist whose moving-image practice interrogates gender, class-politics, queer subjecthood and ways of seeing. Gill toys with reality TV and documentary modes, conceiving loose plots and working with friends and family, delegating responsibility as a basis for collaborative endeavour. Gill uses this intimate mode of operation to question understandings of authenticity with relation to the social, physical and narrative body. Gill has installed and presented work extensively, most recently at Alaska Projects, Campbelltown Arts Centre, The Museum for Contemporary Art and Performance Space and has completed residencies with Banff Centre for Creativity, Canada, the National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra, NES Residency, Iceland and Bundanon Trust, NSW.
IMAGES |SANDRINE DAUMIER, 13 of 21 parts from the series Pink Party, 2017, digital video, 11:27min. | EO GILL, Physical, 2017, digital video, 9:02min. Sound Design: Andrew McLellan | Performers: EO Gill, Nat Randall, Spence Messih, Andrew McLella | Camera Operators: EO Gill, Anna Breckon, Nat Randall, Claudia Nicholson | Makeup Artists: Anastasia Zaravinos, Claudia Nicholson, EO Gill | Editor: EO Gill. | Courtesy the artists.