Freaks & Geeks of Fleet Street2018/19
site specific performative installation by Troy Hourie
A Performative Installation combines installation, puppetry, media and performance aspects of my practice. This artwork will merge two long-term creative projects I have speculated during my career into one immersive performative installation. (I have created the term ‘performative installation’ to encapsulate my intentions as an artist to include myself (or the creative process) as a performance element in an installation artwork).
Firstly, I have been inspired by Carlos Vilardebó’s film documenting Alexander Calder at play with his artwork “The Circus” in which he builds a narrative through the animation of the artwork itself. The discovery of this piece has already influenced past works where I have inserted myself as a performer in the artworks I created.
As a scenographer, the second creative work I have longed to experiment with is Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. The musical Sweeney Todd provides several outcast characters that I would re-envision as the members of the freakshow in an amusement park like Coney Island. I will merge the carnivalesque with steam punk to expose the mechanics of movement of the environment. Several characters would become oddity dolls/puppets, built from found objects and toys and inhabit their own cabinet of wonder which collectively will build a evocative installation landscape. Eventually, I speculate that the piece will evolve into a short performance where I unpack the installation through play in front of an audience, building the installation around them as I go. Once the space has been established, the audience will then be invited to interact with it.
- Troy Hourie
artoriginal concept Troy Hourie
art director Troy Hourie
oddity dolls co-authors Monsenhor enVide neFelibata & Troy Hourie
music design Jerimiah Owens
support Câmara Municipal de Espinho, Câmara Municipal de Gondomar, F.A.C.E. - Fórum de Arte e Cultura de Espinho, Museu Municipal de Espinho
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