Anna Breckon and Nat Randall
Co-commission with Performance Space and Arts House
THIS RESIDENCY WAS PREVIOUSLY TITLED REAR VIEW
Set Piece brings together film and theatre citations, interview material and improvisation to create a 45-60minute work that explores homosexual coupledom through the lens of power dynamics and erotic power play.
Set Piece does not have a strong narrative form but rather builds tension through shifting power dynamics, mobile social hierarchies and vacillating desires. The first half of Set piece explores the couple dynamic as a locked relational form claustrophobically closed off from the world of others. This relation is burdened by history, and too much knowledge, is ambivalent, frustrated, and dependent. However, at the midway mark, enters an outsider who poses an erotic threat and erotic potential to the couple form. The second part of the show navigates the ways in which the couple dynamic shifts with the inclusion of a third party, exploring systems of social presentation, manipulation and erotic power play.
Set Piece will comprise of relational power structures, dialogue and genre conventions from an archive of theatrical and film texts that explore the couple form as their primary point of philosophical engagement.
Through these deidealising portraits of the couple, Set Piece explores the abject nature of sexuality and desire, modes of competition and contempt generated by the immobility of the form, and the ways in which desire and attachment are bound up in broader hierarchical social organizations.
Image: courtesy of the artists
Anna Breckon is an independent filmmaker, editor, and critic based in Sydney. Anna has a research based PhD in queer and feminist film theory from the University of Sydney. She has worked as a director, editor, and colourist for projects presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Performance Space and Dark Mofo. Anna has published on John Waters and Todd Solondz and is currently writing a manuscript on the queer politics of happiness.
Nat Randall is an artist working at the intersection of contemporary performance and video. Randall has presented work at Dark Mofo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, Duckie (UK) among others. Randall is a recent recipient of City of Sydney’s Creative Live Work Studio residency program. Randall is a core and founding member of collectives Hissy Fit and Team MESS and is formerly a co-presenter on FBi Radio’s weekly arts program, Canvas.