Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
- When 7 Jan - 24 Jan 2015
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd Paddington NSW 2021
Tues to Sat, 10am-5pm
Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a performance-video environment fashioned from Elena Knox’s recent doctoral work. Women, girls, dolls, and Geminoid-F, a Japanese gynoid robot, perform hyper-styled recitals of the stock figure of the hostess.
The 10 works, Actroid Series I, include a pioneering onscreen inquiry into the feminised futures implicit in the voice and body of Geminoid-F. They contain the first made-for-video scenes of an ‘Actroid’ being verbal: re-programmed, recorded, and puppeteered by the artist, the gynoid ‘speaks its mind’.
The works confront the hostess figure as a distilled marker of multi-national separatism, whose chronic, controlled, and profoundly questionable performance of hostile hospitality is currently being re-inscribed at the frontline of android development. The cheery, superficially compassionate, generic hostess is usually unable to speak for herself. The hostesses in Actroid Series I perform their own critique.