Clean Dream Dream Clean
a video/performance project by Area 7073: Henrietta Hale and Marina Collard
Dream Clean Clean Dream (pebble bathroom)
This project takes an aesthetic approach to cleaning and maintenance rituals. Concerned with rhythm, surface texture, choreography and colour, we create a lens through which emergent and pertinent questions of labour, domesticity, progress, illusion, perversion and companionship may appear.
The work follows two artists/cleaners or cleaners/artists inhabiting the rituals involved in the running of a Bed and Breakfast in France over a 2 year period. At times it has the quality of video/diary, at other times documentary interview and other moments are solely concerned with surface lines and texture. There is a constantly shifting and unpredictable play between an apparent relentless banality, a commitment to care and standards and a poetic exploration of the complex and intimate layers of being that exist within the performance of any activity or role.
An underlying thread is concerned with invisibility of maintenance time when upholding the illusion of cleanliness, the question of waste and an acknowledgement of where the dirt and toxic excess goes. We wish to allude to the gendered roles of domestic work, art- workers and the perceived lack of value that maintenance work holds within capitalist economies of growth, creativity and progress.
Dream Clean – Clean Dream (pebble bathroom) is one of many single and multi-screen performance/video edits which can be screened as an independent short video or as a series of screen and audio compositions that can be installed in a gallery space via tv monitors, in an arrangement that allows spectators roaming choice and movement to re-compose image formations.
AREA 7073 – work as work and the work of making art
Henrietta Hale and Marina Collard come together as two independent performance artists under the name Area 7073 to make video/performance which addresses work as necessity, making little or no distinction between working to work to make art work. Their projects are created from their real-life situations through a process of asserting the various political and artistic questions it raises. Their practice involves their own engagement with and the documenting of ordinary activity; putting a lens on and making visible the toil, tedium and banality of their lives whilst recognising the patterns, habits and political implications. The connections between performance and the digital archive/documentation/digital translations of liveness is central to their practice. Their work has developed from an interest in visibility and marginalised activity and/or status, committing to working outside of the confines of studio led practices and institutions. Their work is a revealing of particular perspectives on ordinary activity, reframing the familiar within visual and choreographic video performance or perhaps inhabiting life situations as a temporary occupation.