This is an on going performative enquiry into hysteria and its history, with experiments in photography, performance for camera and interactive installation.
Chiron has a particular interest in Jean- Martin Charcot, who studied, defined and propagated the female disease, 'Hysteria' through the staging and creation of images of his patients in the Iconographie photographique de la Salptrire. Chiron was drawn to the story of Augustine featured in these images, as well as the fugue state and was invited to undertake a residency with Forest Fringe during Edinburgh fringe 2015 to have space to undertake some initial experiments for this new interdisciplinary project
1. Exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement
2. an oldÂ fashioned term for a psychological disorder characterised by conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms (somatisation) or a change in self-awareness (such as a fugue state or selective amnesia).
FUGE (DISSOCIATIVE STATE)
1. a rare psychiatric disorder charactersed by reversible amnesia for personal identity, including the memories, personality, and other identifying characteristics of individuality.
FUGE (MUSICAL COMPOSITION)
2. In music a contrapuntal compositional technique in two or more voices, built on a subject (theme) that is introduced at the beginning in imitation (repetition at different pitches) and recurs frequently in the course of the composition
Loop Pedal, Speakers, Microphone, Clarinet, Guitar
Close you eyes.
Remember a photo you have taken, but are not in - describe it. Zoom out remember your hands, remember you, describe who you were, what you were feeling.
Change that memory into a style of music
Make original loop in the style of music suggested, exploring fugue compositional techniques
Use verbatim text from audiences memory
Mix with story of Augustine
And cut up my written text
Do no predetermine order - listen
Forest Fringe: Edinburgh Festival 2015
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
''They take my words, and weaves a song and a story of a girl who is me, but who isn’t me, and a girl called Augustine who was photographed in a mental hospital in 1878. And another story altogether thats maybe Stamp’s, but maybe isn’t… The story ends, the song ends, and I look into Stamp's eyes and say thank you. And I begin to cry.
**** Fest Magazine - Jane Howard
Ongoing experiments to interrogate and deconstruct gender constructs, and active hierarchies - in public space and online - by creating interventions and performances for camera.
On international womens day 2016 I posted the below image on social media platforms facebook and instagram with the following text:
"Today I am making concreate action to help accelerate gender parity - I have photoshopped a mans nipple onto my breast - please don't think of it as a token gesture"
The image was reported and removed within an hour of posting, I think faceboook misunderstood, my image was educational so I posted it again and the images still remain on both platforms. Male nipples are not inappropriate nudity.