In their newest collaboration, multi-disciplinary Canadian artist Rebecca Fun Simonetti and NYC-based performance artists Sigrid Lauren & Monica Mirabile [FLUCT] transformed a Bowery chandelier store into an immersive performance-installation. Audiences were directed through the store by a team of anonymous “security guards”, and given brochures made by outlining a series of exercises choreographed by FlucT meant to “prepare the mind and body for commercial overdose”. FIN'S music reverberated amidst a cave of chandeliers while FlucT embodied glitchy identities of a business woman and a yoga girl, simultaneously performing enduranced based poses from the brochure. Throughout the space, FIN projected video loops of her animation through/into chandeliers - refracting images onto the audience and performers. Combining various mediums, Hardening engages with notions of cultural fantasy, consumer impulses, and the construction of female identity. For this special hour-long piece, Sigrid Lauren, Monica Mirabile, and Rebecca Fin Simonetti activated the power of a commercial space as a tool for both manipulation and enchantment.
Photos Elise Gallant