Performance collaboration with Helen Battelley, Mailbox Intervention Festival, B’ham, (2004)

Documentation of a live art performance devised for the shopping mall or ‘arcade,’ it references Walter Benjamin’s writings on modern day life and slowness – but with the extra dimensions of motherhood, domesticity, role playing and masquerade.

The performance score created alternate fast-slow actions for 2 performers with old fashioned alarm clocks announcing a change of speed every 10 minutes. Actions include dragging balloons (a metaphor for children) around the shopping centre, walking a wind-up pig (a replacement for Benjamin’s ‘walking a tortoise’), slowly window shopping or sitting in a cafe, changing outfits in shops, and dragging a card board cut out of a husband…

Filmed by Sarah Rose. With thanks to all the babysitters that made us available to run around a shopping centre for a day without our children.

Watch the film documentation of the performance.