Statement

Using performance and video, I hope to present symbiotic collaborations between everyday (manufactured) objects and my (female) body. Ordinary functions of tools are rejected and their fetishistic qualities unearthed in attempt to destabilise learned compartmentalism between the erotic and mundane. I hope to make the boring salacious; the salacious boring. The objects often become anthropomorphized, meaning there is an implied power struggle between them and myself. I hope to reveal sinister elements within these absurd relationships, to simultaneously amuse and unsettle the viewer. There is often a feeling of voyeurism in observing these acts, an interruption of mechanical intimacy between myself and the orgy of items which I have selected.

I explore the politics of desire and power in relation to clichéd symbols of femininity. Crude or euphemistic gestures rub against the mannered or ‘demure’ in hope of navigating externally prescribed notions of sexuality. I am interested by the tensions between individual desire and collective agenda that arise when presenting the female body as a spectacle. I also often appropriate an aesthetic language of advertising or product demonstration, to highlight that (young, cis, able) female bodies are habitually the landscape on which desire for commodities are constructed. Performing allows me to literally embody the sexual and consumerist desires in which all identities are inextricably tied.

 

Contact

rosiegibbens1@gmail.com

Instagram: rosiegibbens

 

Education

2018 MA Contemporary Art Practice (Performance) | Royal College of Art (current)

2015 BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice | First Class Honours | Central Saint Martins

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

Upcoming

Youth Board Presents... | Toynbee Studios | London

REVOLVE Performance Festival | The Orangerie, Orbyhus Castle | Uppsala, Sweden 

Degree Show 2018 | Royal College of Art | London

 

2018

Artists Film Festival VI | The Bomb Factory Art Foundation | London

The Cruising Garden | Vogue Fabrics | London

Queer and Feminist Porn | Royal College of Art | London 

Deep Trash Romance | Cuntemporary | Bethnal Green Workinmen’s Club | London

GRAIN | The Factory | Folkestone

 

2017

I Come In The End, The Best Is Over | Dyson Gallery | London

I’ll Be More Social Tomorrow | Charlton Gallery | London

Standing Block | Lincoln projects |Burlington Camden | London

(Ten)peramental | Toynbee Studios | London

F O L L O W | Lychee One | London

Archiving Fever no.2 | Square Gallery | London

Archiving Fever no.1 | Hundred Years Gallery | London

Intimaterial | Royal College of Art | London

REVOLVE Performance Festival | Uppsala Konst Museum |Uppsala, Sweden

Five minutes of your time | Testbed | London

MicroActs | Hotel Elephant | London

Work in Progress Show | Royal College of Art | London

 

2016

Handover | The Factory | Folkestone

Drunken Nights | St George Tavern | London

This was the Future | Barbican Conservatory | London

Mourning Milk | Freshly Scratched | Battersea Arts Centre | London

PowerHouse | Platform Theatre | London

 

Related Experience

 

2018 Member for the Artsadmin Youth Board

2018  Workshop facilitator for Families affected by the Grenfell Fire | Acava | London, UK

2018 Early Years and Families Learning Assistant | Tate | London, UK

2017 Workshop facilitator for college students | Royal College of Art | London, UK

2016 Performer for Simon Vincenzi | The Things We Do | Barbican | London, UK

2015 Performer for Shabnam Shabazi | Snail Portrait | Spill Festival | London, UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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