What Not to Wear Out My Soul
ABOUT THE WORK
For her Art Night 2019 commission the artist Alice Theobald will present a new site-specific video installation and live music performance staged in The Mall in Walthamstow. Made in collaboration with an acting coach and shooting on location in Walthamstow shops, Theobald’s 2-channel video installation will explore aspects of the performance of everyday life and the concept of buyer’s remorse, referencing popular TV makeover shows such as Queer Eye, What Not To Wear and Streetmate. A live musical soundtrack will also be provided, performed by the artist and an accompanying band.
What Not to Wear Out My Soul is developed in collaboration with Alice Theobald, Thomas Stone and Tilly Blackwood (The Audition Doctor).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alice Theobald creates live performance, video, installation and music to explore the division between stage and life and the discrepancy between expression, appearance and feeling. Borrowing from the vocabulary of cinema, television, theatre, literature and musical scores, Theobald is interested in the make-up and construction of performance, the challenges of acting and the blurring of character creation on and off stage whilst circling questions of representation, manipulation, sincerity and genuine behaviour. Layered wordplay, gesture, repetition and double-entendres accumulate to multi-faceted compositions that reflect and loop back on themselves as slippery, tragicomic truths about relationships, everyday life and typically introspective paranoias and doubts.