Before lockdown came into effect on 23 March in the UK, I had been scheduled to perform a new set called ‘All eyes on me’. The work was about social movement under the gaze of surveillance capitalism, and the overlapping aesthetics between clubs and algorithmic tracking technologies. The club being a space of social escape, subversion and catharsis, of sensory lighting and visuals arousing our senses and desires. The aesthetics of surveillance incidentally mimicking that same experience with colourful abstract patterning, flowing lines and warped geometries, but serving to collect information that work towards delimiting movement.
With this work I wanted to convey the dialectical role the aesthetics of surveillance play in normalising the operative gaze that’s omnipresent in how we gather, subject and are subjected to watching, even as we dance in the dark.
Through artist film, light, sound & performance, I had intended to create a space in the exhibition format where these elements meet as both critical dialogue and dance party.
I am now releasing the video autonomously for you to enjoy at home in your own way — turn down the lights, plug in your headphones or blast it on your sound system — and dance knowing one day we will dance together again!
Editing: Monica Tolia
Music: Daso "Meine"