a split site work that coexists in a performance space and out on the streets of northbridge [perth’s club district]. six acts of privacy invasion are conducted each night, with volunteer members of the public set surveillance missions and reporting in during the show via spy cameras that are set up on the streets.
pvi performers are set a series of “reality tv” based endurance games. each time they lose or fail, an element of their private lives is be exposed to the audience, sometimes banal, sometimes excruciatingly personal – the ultimate ‘loser’ has their home invaded by a volunteer performer who is stationed outside their houses during the show, networked via walkie-talkie and with a key to the front door – their invasions are relayed back via audio into the performance space each night.
panopticon scanning the big slab is devised from pvi’s growing fascination with surveillance technology and the phenomenon of the reality tv genre that is increasingly celebrating, packaged-up and marketing private lives as entertainment.
devised by: pvi collective
performed by: pvi members james mccluskey, kate neylon and chris williams
the big bear, lighting designer and production technician: mike nanning.
panopticon operatives: karen de san miguel [codename: silver], edwin dwyer [codename: purple], robert townsend [codename: gold], graciela acosta [codename: fuchsia], shinmara [codename: orange], paul gregory [codename: amber], kat healey [codename: brown], kerry newall [codename: bronze], suzanne hilton [codename: clay], bec dean [codename: ivory], nikki sinclair [codename: aqua] and chris floyd [codename: scarlet].
perth international arts festival, perth institute of contemporary arts, 29 jan – 3 feb 2002
panopticon: scanning the big slab promo