A performance about soap operas, expanded outside of the confines of the TV screen. Fiction and reality, you don’t need to choose. A collection of characters, true-to-life, or not. When I am talking about her, I am talking about me: we live alongside these characters, on-screen personas merged with our off-screen selves. Our timeline is marked with theirs. The now, the then, the simultaneous now-and-then.
The soap’s politics are flattened. The soap is responsible to us, to our so-called everyday lives, to everyday people, every day. Perpetual loops and comfortable melodrama. Mundane and spectacular, we’re watching the screen to see who is reflected back.
About Freya Dooley & Cinzia Mutigli
Since 2013, artists Dooley and Mutigli’s collaborative practice has encompassed sound, performance and publication works. Using pop culture references and auto/biographical fictions, they construct characters and embellish themselves. Their work merges humour, gossip, failed aspirations, alter – egos and cultural criticism. Conversation and written communication is central to the way they create and produce their work: they talk with, over and alongside each other. Their recent research mingles the stolen, disputed and reclaimed narratives of public figures in the company of their real or imagined selves.
Freya and Cinzia have recently performed at g39, Cardiff, for Roll Credits, commissioned by Holly Davey for her solo exhibition ‘The Conversation’, 2018; at CAB, Printhaus, Cardiff, 2017; and ‘I love you but…’ at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, 2017. Previous projects also include WORK, at Broadacre House, Newcastle, commissioned by Stabbing Les, 2016 and On Record, an exhibition and events programme for artists working with sound and performance, commissioned by Cardiff Contemporary 2014.