Media type: mechanical pop-up installation | performance | costume
Location residency: MILK Amsterdam art and performance venue, Red-light district, Amsterdam
Exhibit: MILK Amsterdam | Arti et Amicitiae | EYE Filmmuseum | BAUT ZUID | Eddie the Eagle Museum| AAF
INSTALLATION Elaborating on the idea of sexual pleasure as a common good, Merel Noorlander uses 19th century anatomical drawings to produce a series of pop-up objects that, as machines, are powered by sexual lust and seduction. They function as autonomous creatures, giving the work a fragile and shaky dynamism. The penis as the ubiquitous tyrant becomes a vulnerable organism, sprouting or hiding behind its paper jacket.
PERFORMANCE During a surrealistic performance in one of the black brothel rooms of MILK, the audience itself were encouraged to relinquish its own experience of lust. The individual visitor got seduced as a customer, asking him or her to pick their own theme: an organ of choice. Complete surrender followed – research, concept and performance in collaboration with performers Alice Pons and Olivia Reschofsky (MOHA).