menology

Me-nol-ogy is an exhibition and performance by Sorcha Clelland.

Their work can be understood to exist in a cycle of constant transition, modification and mutation, interested in the bodies potentiality to morph, shift and change on an aesthetic and speculative level.

The phenomenology of performance and relationship between performer and audience are unspoken contract in regulating behaviour of watching. The work does not exist without the viewer and the temporality of performance often intangible to own, buy or sell refuses commodity in nature. The work persists in Live-ness.

A double body bound by its own compositional structure & limitations that calls for a negotiation between the materiality of a physical body and the potentiality of a stage or screen body that embodies otherness. The work of the actor is not dictated by the character but by the process of becoming. That shiftiness is the driving factor within this body of work.

A parody of darkatypes meaning a rejection to hide or dismiss parts of ourselves that feel too dangerous, too vulnerable, or that we fear akin to ideas of hedonism which at its impetus proposes a radical refrain of normatively. The approach of saturating each aspect of your life with radical acceptance, so you can experience the freedom, power, and intimacy of living with nothing held back; like a martyr or a saint.

Categories of self/other, subject/object, thing/thought dissolve by refusing a specific shape, or an established configuration of desire and identity attracting the readily accessible uncertain modes of being.

Queerness and patriotism authenticate fictional belief and theory existing together with SHREK 666 and this work in erotic lands of in-betweens.

Maintaining a practice both inside and outside of the incontestably conservative institution questions the alienation between viewer, artist, and institution, particularly within queer work and the intersection of where drag, performance art, fashion, bioplitics and identity politics meet.

7pm till late.

The performance is in collaboration with Callum Diffey, TAAHLIAH, Loretta Imogen Crinall, Nina Siphesihle Pinkie Mdwaba, ratty bye bye and more.

“In the altering of bodies the ultimate pilgrimage spiritually with god or whatever divine. A biblical and ritual sense journey that implied sacrifice and content in exchange for some divine affirmation. Literal sacrifice of flesh is a ritual exchange.” - Shakina Nayfack