‘Peer Pleasure’

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Peer Pleasure’ – an intimate performance with mirrors.

Dance4 residency 1st – 14th July 2019  and BACKLIT gallery 22nd – 26th July 2019 with support from


Short excerpt from BACKLIT experiments.

Short excerpt from Dance4 experiments.

Performer/collaborators: Seraina Dejaco, Kimberley Harvey and Julie Moosburg.

We examined issues around propaganda, branding, and advertising and considered how much control we have over in our lives. The creative focus included solo and collective dance, pedestrian/ natural movement and choreographic exploration of the performer/collaborators’ narrative together with the incorporation of text generated from marketing/branding/advertising and the performers’ autobiography.

Examination of how visual and aural media infiltrate our consciousness was integral to the research process: mirrors were utilised as instruments of choreography, aesthetics and spectatorship, as a space to frame consciousness. Photo cut outs of the performers and an eclectic range of music also contributed to the research mix.

The residency  was based on my previous academic and practical research relating to marketing/advertising, branding, the use of mirrors in visual arts (too many references to mention but including Dan Graham, Chantal Akerman, Francesca Woodman) and film/TV references (particularly ‘Midnight Cowboy’, the films of Ingrid Bergman), music relating to advertising, film and  popular culture, ‘The Mirror’ poem by Sylvia Plath.

Further development will include the creation of films that explore each performer/collaborator’s relationship to space, the politics of space and how space influences visibility and representation. I will investigate how these films can be incorporated both into non performance installation contexts and into immersive performances. How does the space in which the work is presented affect both performer and audience?

All photo images credit: Rebecca Carter

Artistic Residency – O Rumo do Fumo, Espaço da Penha, Lisbon, Portugal 7th – 17th August 2018.
Hosting with the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa / Divisão de Acção Cultural / Direcção Municipal de Cultura

Informal presentation: 13 August at 6.30pm

Initial research with artistic collaboration and performance by Miguel Pereira.

The residency focused on how our personal narratives are constructed and their relationship to the public persona and identity. How free are the choices we make about our lives? How are public and private identities interconnected? How do governments, organisations and corporations use their power exploit our need for emotional and psychological fulfilment and pleasure? Do we brand ourselves to hide our pain? How do we circumnavigate our way out of a life mapped out for us?

To what extent do social media platforms, political and social propaganda and commercial advertising affect the decisions we make about our lives? How do they affect the lives of others?








TV and film culture.

‘Only Fools and Horses’

“You must have spent a third of your life looking in mirrors. My earliest recollection of you is standing in front of a mirror. Up until I was four I thought you was twins” Rodney speaking to Del as he gets ready to go out on a date.

Midnight Cowboy

Book by Leo Herlihy

“Joe could not resist using the mirror in his own peculiar way. He walked away from it, prepared his expression, his attitude, then spun around to surprise his image.”

“It occurred to him that he was doing some thinking without the aid of a mirror and he wondered if it wasn’t some kind of improvement.”

Found someone had edited together all the mirror sequences of one of my favourite films with one of my  favourite records.