In the silence of my lonely room

Performance piece about disrupting the beautifying routine women are expected to perform daily through sound.

As seen in NIME 2016.

Photo of the perfomance. The background is black, the artist is behind a ring light that is illuminating her face and she is putting lipstick on.

Photo of the performance. The artist is behind a ring light and she is putting an analog synthesizer necklace on.

Photo of the performance. The artist is behind a ring light and she is putting earrings on.

Photo of the performance. The artist is sitting on a chair and she is putting stockings on her left leg.

Animated gif on loop from the performance. The artist is unrolling the stockings on the right leg.

The act of “beautifying” oneself is historically associated with the core of femininity – and is itself a product of the male gaze. Is the beautifying ritual women go through on a daily basis an act of conformity or resilience? The performance subverts the delicate nature of these daily activities by distorting and defiguring sound through computer vision, analog synthesizers & audio digital manipulation. The base music , Night and Day performed by Frank Sinatra & written by King Crosby was an statement choice of working with compositions written by men that talk about women’s consistency or repetition (either eternal love or disciplined behavior), being this a perception of identity built by other people than women themselves.

In the silence of my lonely room from Renata Gaui on Vimeo.