Somewhere there is a Siren. The disembodied female voice is perhaps more horrific than the female body itself. The dark is not as frightening as the imagination it conjures.
Sounds produce images. Hearing the female voice evokes the cultural imagination of monstrosity. In folklore, film and popular culture, the female voice is gendered, sensationalised, feared and fantasised. Equally so, is the female body, as both tred the unstable border between the angelic and the horrific.
Like the voice, Body Loss erupts from the mouth; the tunnel between interiority and exteriority, biology and language, materiality and meaning; the fantasy and the gateway through which one eats the world that consumes it.
Originally commissioned by Auto Italia, London, Body Loss has been exhibited in four cities across three countries since 2017, largely in visual arts contexts. Body Loss is iterative and evolves in response to the architecture of the site in which it is presented. To date, Body Losshas shown across two gallery spaces in Bethnal Green, an abandoned office building turned artspace in Brussels, a converted barn in Texas and the Grand Courts of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). Physically engaging with her surroundings, in this work Goh moves through, crawls along and scales the architecture of a space, testing and expanding the limitations of both her body and these structures.
As part of LIVE for Melbourne Art Fair (17-20 February 2022), Performance Review and Melbourne Art Fair will be presenting the Melbourne premiere of Body Loss on Gallery Night (16 February 2022) at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia.
LIVE is a performance program for Melbourne Art Fair 2022 dedicated to supporting a diverse representation of contemporary artists in the creation and presentation of performance works. LIVE is free to the public and will take place in public locations across Melbourne CBD, South Wharf, Southbank and Docklands.
This project has been supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.
Performance Review Curator: Anador Walsh
LIVE is presented by Glenfiddich and supported by City of Melbourne. GALLERY NIGHT is presented as part of the Broadsheet LATE NIGHTS program, and is supported by City of Melbourne through the Events Partnership Program (EPP).