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Heroines

Karaoke installation (video, mics, and amp), 3D scans of performers 
2017

Installation View:
Electronic Gallery, Salisbury, MD

 

Heroines is a participatory re-envisioning of surrealist artist Claude Cahun’s 1925 text: Héroïnes: Regarding the Psychology of Certain Female Figures from Classic Literature. Written in sections from 1920-1925, and never performed, this series of 15 monologues from Eve to the Virgin Mary and Cinderella represents a polyvocal multiplicity of self. 

 

This project has two parts: the first, a series of performative lectures in which performers would read Cahun's original monologues aloud, while LaFleur 3D scanned their figure via a live feed; and the second, a reinterpretation of Cahun's monologues, written with composer Samuel Beebe, as a suite of doo-wop songs for 3 - 5 voices.Heroines explores this multiplicity, linking the writing and imagery of Cahun with contemporary 3D scanning practices and karaoke to create a multilayered experience through performance, digital fabrication, and sound.

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