"24-hour woman" + X Hour Woman Concept
"24-hour woman" - a case for everything in between.
The "X-hour woman" concept was developed on the basis on my 24-hour online performance, "24-hour woman" (2017)
"24-hour Woman" was a 24-hour global live streaming event and concept performance, that was initially created as a protest reaction to labour laws (Dagpengesystemet) and Staten's Kunstfond's (Danish Council of the Arts) lack of understanding of the structural failings of the neoliberal political influence on the arts, and the difficulties that artists - and women in particular - meet when faced with periodical unemployment and a labour market in the creative sector that does mirror the "normal" labour market that forms the norm from which the labour laws are currently modelled from.
The work featured the female creative subject (artist) in a 24 -hour creative process as a "performance" and as precarious labour.
It presented itself as an exploration of the nature of process versus the structural leanings of the late modern neo-liberal performance society - And a general case against the rationalization of body and mind as pertaining to a singular, closed temporal discourse. But over time, the purpose and meaning has expanded itself to deal with bio-politics, artistic stamina and elitism, and the value of artistic process versus the value of artistic product.
Dramaturgically speaking this "work-in-progress" fosters conversations about the creative process and explores the interplay between sound-action and actor as a sensuous and emotional consolidation and continuum, within a given space and context.
The live-streaming aspect both diminishes, disperses and democratises the significance of the artistic action and the message, simultaneously; With a lack meaningful forums to turn to, social media also comes in to play as a new performance platform that potentially dilutes potential meaning as everyone gets lost in the noise, while it offers a platform - a medium of expression - that was previously reserved for those few, lucky artists that were granted a platform and money to express themselves on this platform. Finally streaming, as a media platform, has a 'voyeuristic' nature that assumes connotations to the monetization of the human body that is seen in the porn industry (i.e. Cam Girls). The unhindered access to a human being over such a long period might activate our mind - and imagination - especially when we don't know what this human is going to do apart from sound.
With the knowledge that a sound action*, the immediate question seem to be how the performer then avoids sleep and bathroom breaks. This line of though could prove as testament that productivity does not create compassion for the producing subject - it only create more demands.
From this event, the x-hour concept has grown and I have later done the concept in a shorter version "3-hour woman", where the focus has been more on exploring the psychoacoustic aspects of the event, while maintaining the same artistic method and purpose. My thoughts on this is also elaborated in my LandEscape artists feature.
The artist's notes:
Through this experience I gained a lot of understanding in to what my own performative limitations were and to which extend I am willing to expose my process and evidently: myself in the state of a biological being acting as an artist (in praxis). By, essentially, performing to myself and whoever was watching, I remember also experiencing an imagined relation between myself and the unknown viewer. But, not as a separate individual, but rather an extension of myself. Not seeing or knowing the recipient, I was not so much concerned with the sender-receiver part of the experience (and how the whole thing was to listen and watch for them) as I was with taking care of my own sonic environment. Through the extreme exposure and publication of my artistic abilities AND limitations, I gained a lot of self acceptance and experienced another form of self-care and compassion that was specifcally related to my senses and my body. No doubt that although I wished to challenge the growing tendency to relate artistic validity with things like stamina, productivity and visibility, I recognize that the very making of 24-hour woman was related to my years of training of how to be in flow and how to improvise.
What I hope to learn and to further discuss with my peers, is how to understand the importance of flow and process, and how we practise being "inside" artistic chaos (abstract proces continuum) in a comfortable and controlled way, can help us deal with the chaotic parts of human life. To me, this is one of the opportunity that especially sound and music presents, because you don't run our of canvas, all you can do is run out of time and energy.
* my own definition of what an action which has the only intended purpose: to create sound in a performative context.