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POEM-TITLE: Michael Farrell
COSTUME DESIGN: with Lingkan Pantow and Jimmy Gunawan (Jilsi)
PERFORMERS: Sophia Cowen, Tim Darbyshire, Tom Davies, Helen Grogan, John Hewitt, Britt Salt, Lisa Stewart
POSTER: James Ramli
EXHIBITED AT: Open Archive, Melbourne, 2011
luckily theres no inside re-enacts parts of a performance that i initiated in 2009. The 2009 work, entitled: Sculptural Relations: embodiment, forces, event, and material performance operated through a number of invited artists performing specific tasks, roles, and scores. Mimmo Cozzolino unexpectedly photo-documented this performance. In thinking about how to distribute the re-presentation, re-interpretation, and re-modification of these images, i reconsider the form of soft sculpture and stuffed toys.
For Open Archive, i have constructed muppet costumes inspired by the photo-documentation that Cozzolino captured during my performance. The documentation, stills from Sculptural Relations, depicts Melbourne-based artists Bianca Hester, throwing a brick, Spiros Panigirakis throwing a plinth, and Masato Takasaka walking around with a ladder on his head. From these images, i have collaborated with my parents - who founded and operated Jilsi; a small toy business specializing in rocking animals - to transform them into muppet costumes. Employed models were wearing these at the opening and through the course of the exhibition.
This new project continues/discontinues a deviation from Sculptural Relations and enters an experiment with self-parody, fandom, identity, caricature, bad taste, documentary and fiction, commercial merchandising and perversion. It will form part of ongoing projects and will be adapted into a B-grade horror/sci-fi short film, with a screenplay written in collaboration with an ex-employee of the Indonesian Film Censor Institution based in Jakarta.