Not tonight darling, I'm washing my hair

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Show simple item record Goldwater, H. 2009-04-02T16:05:30Z 2009-04-02T16:05:30Z 2001-02-01
dc.description Not tonight..., was first performed at 'home', London, February 2001 [hereafter 1]. A re-worked version for The Performing House of Smallbone, London/ Kent, July 2007, curated by Sigrid Wilkinson [hereafter 2] is on the DVD documentation. Version 1 was made for a house that is also a performance venue and was made as a one-to-one performance/ 5 minutes each. Version 2 was performed for a bathroom company’s event for their clientele at two of their showrooms. This was a durational piece of 3 hours (DVD 7 minute extract). I decided to re-make this work, apart from continuing my ongoing concern with intimate exchanges with audiences, for the following reasons. I wanted to continue to explore hair and milk as a sexualised combination (bodily fluids implied), alongside the Judaic notion of a single hair being drawn from milk as comparable to dying, and thereby conflating cultural and gendered readings. The milk bath has resonances of notions of femininity. In 1 I was naked beneath the milk and never revealed my body. Whilst tantalising I wanted to further show hyper-femininity and so adopted the red dress/eyelashes for version 2. In version 1 the text dominated to the detriment of the visuality. Silence and the duration of 2 enabled the extraction of individual hairs to perform the obsessive, and the showing of the making of the art-work over time. Audiences were both attracted and horrified; looking despite their repulsion. Julia Kristeva’s idea of the abject is applicable here. The spectacle of beauty is at the core of the disruption of identity in my practice. A great opportunity was presented to me by being invited to be in a bath in a non-performance art audience context for version 2. Therefore the responses were challenging and fruitful. One viewer compared the piece to Cocteau. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject RAE 2008 en
dc.subject UoA 65 Drama, Dance and Performing Arts en
dc.title Not tonight darling, I'm washing my hair en
dc.type Other en
dc.researchgroup Drama Research Group

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