Got something to say – but no joy, performed at Tetrad, Fear and Fame, Attenbrough Arts Centre November 2015.
Using as a trigger the irregular awkward shapes created by the elongated limbs of Ian Curtis (from the band Joy Division), in this piece performed without sound artist Sam Metz talks of celebrity, disenchantment, ritual, gender and conformity.
The ‘non-performance’ made without sound permits the artist an ugliness and lack of poise (typically not socially associated with notions of feminine) that represents a wider struggle around the gender queer voice.
It reflects the artists own struggle to find voice in her body.
Audience members are invited to engage with a sense of frustration that will build throughout the performance. The frustration will emerge from the exasperated movements, which will be unrelenting up until the point of exhaustion. In this excess of movement – the performer will always seem to be on the edge of saying something – but prevented by something unknown.
Sam immerses herself in postures and movements that emerge from digital/body interactions, media and pop culture content. Metz’s work is characterised by quirky physicality and ‘ugly movements’ drawn from reworking found postures, valuing process over product. She is motivated by the tacit knowledge of the body, what the body learns when nobody is watching. Audience members for this piece may find the relentless actions uncomfortable – as they highlight an unexplained failure to communicate.
Images by David Wilson-Clarke