In a performance and drawing based practice I engage with vulnerability by confronting my abilities and limitations. I explore this vulnerability through stranger interactions, interdisciplinary study and collaboration.
My work often investigates the evolution of the phenomenology of feminine bodies and breaks down social hierarchies that influence value and challenge expectations. I explore topics like everyday female rituals, violence towards women and physical interactions between female and non-female bodies. I find ways to interrupt this everyday experience by using applied technology and manipulating what is considered socially acceptable.
These topics lend me to share a curiosity with how today’s communication platforms influence socio-political power shifts by sharing these often fractured, misrepresented messages.
Electrophysiology is a technology that allows one person to control the muscle activity of another person. Working collaboratively, I connect this device to volunteer participants and during each session I collect detailed data on each movement, facial expressions, and any other observation I or the participant makes. I will document this process by taking notes and sketches and collecting video footage. Using this simple and non-invasive technology I am interested in questioning the assertion of power and taking a scientific approach to what internally sets us apart and brings us together. This electrical impulse of the nervous system manipulates the body and allows me to challenge my own vulnerability and study a physiological perspective on human interactions. Some of these sessions will be open to the public in a fast-paced performance series where I am both a participant and a spectator. I invite passersby to volunteer to connect to the electrodes as a controller or a controlled for a 5-10 min trial period. For those participating and wanting to post to social media please use the hashtag: #imovewithyou
Brittney Roy is an Alberta born artist living in Edmonton, Alberta. After completing a BFA in printmaking and drawing with a side hustle in design, Roy participated in a six-month residency and solo exhibition at the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists. She collaborates often with artists/non-artists and travels to California annually to inspire her practice. Roy is a recipient of Edmonton Arts Council grants and from 2014-16 co-founded and operated two art ventures that provided vocational support to artists. She continues to fuel this passion in her most recent initiative, The Creative Throb, an online channel for art-related content.
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