T H E W H I T E H O T E L
Multi Channel Projection, Steel, Perspex, Smoke, Sound
H E N R I E T T E K A S S A Y - S C H U S T E R &
H E R M I O N E M E R R Y
“It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer" – Harry Houdini
The White Hotel is a screen-based, spatial installation exploring perception, focus, fragility of performance and the liminal zone. Informed by the histories of hypnosis, hysteria and the surrealist muse, the work explores the mediality of the performer as ‘recording machine’ to delve into the unknown and that which falls outside the real. Responding to text (The White Hotel by D M Thomas) and music (Don Giovanni), the artists administer self-hypnosis to evoke an unguarded self-portrait that does not know its own image. These images inhabit a pyramid, continuously materialising and evaporating in the labyrinth and mystery of the cerebral unknown.
2012, Bus Projects