During the fall 2018 Lilith showed the mega performance GAME ON during 5 night in October and the following performance installation GAME ON until Nov 18th.
GAME ON part 1- the mega performance.
Lilith Performance Studio has transformed into a tomb like sports arena with a giant life sized Foosball court. The performance GAME ON by Molly Lowe is a surreal nightmare of a game that ultimately makes us question our own involvement and the relationship between being a spectator and participant, consumer and citizen.
From operatic halftime shows, to shamanistic mascot ceremonies, and gory showdowns, Lowe is also questioning the competitive nature of our allegiances, and the violence that derives from that.
GAME ON part 2 – the performance installation.
The visitors enter the remains of a violent game, passing the empty sales booths and further into the arena, where bloody, lacerated players is still hanging on their bars after the game’s last round.
The main characthers – the two team mascots, are left inside the arena, stuck in a perpetual loop and their on memories. On the video screens, footage from the game is still twirling with jingles and presentations of the players. From the speakers the pep music and the cheering are pumping load.
GAME ON makes us question our own involvement and highlights the relationship between being spectator and participant, consumer and citizen. At the same time, it examines our competition instinct, our loyalty to the “team”, our need to consume conflicts and the violence that derives from that.
Molly Lowe’s (b.1983, California) imagery retrieves power from below, and originates in uncomfortable feelings and limitations that are associated with living in a human body today. With a playful and direct approach to sculpture, video, film, performance and sound, Lowe builds an idiosyncratic aesthetic that grabs our immediate present and questions the hyper voyeuristic culture we live in.
As the first institution in the Nordic countries, Lilith Performance Studio is honored to collaborate with this exceptional emerging artist around a work that will be her biggest ever so far.Read more about the artist: http://molly-lowe.com/ https://lilithperformancestudio.com
Art Critics’ voices on GAME ON:
“Game on” is like stepping into the Star Wars galaxy’s most flipped sports arena, where the dramaturgy of football meets antique gladiator games. Everyone who bawls on the sidelines knows that even the most innocent game can awaken the most primitive feelings”
”In Lowe’s video work and installations, it exists a sliding, entrapping physicality that desires, entangles and struggling in a claustrophobic intimacy. It is no coincidence that Louise Bourgeois was mentioned in the context. Like the highest priest of the grotesque, Paul McCarthy, Lowe moves in the slip between form and formlessness, the enticing and repulsive. Freud’s unheimliche concept is just the first name when she makes the familiar creepy unknown.”
Carolina Söderholm / SYDSVENSKAN
”We wave with our glitter, horn in our vuvuzelor, and when the game begins and the first legs break finally the excitement rises with meaning. The importance is not to win, but that the blood will flow. … nevertheless, it makes us sober up in a second – as if we were exposed in the midst of ecstasy or a fascist election.
But we haven’t. What we have done is that we are proficient played our roles in a ritual that put us right on the border between the main species of human hysteria: politics, religion, sports.
These three. And the worst of them is sport.”
Dan Jönsson DAGENS NYHETER
“Maybe, “GAME ON” captures our time’s conditions right on the spot: an attention economy with an ever-increasing noise, like when the smoking machines stop spraying, their sad content show: an emptiness just waiting to be filled by the next to no mandatory debate round.“
At Molly Lowe and Lilith, the ride to that conclusion is as bloody as magnificently entertaining.
Anders E Larsson // Kristianstadsbladet
READ THE ART REVIEW IN KUNSTKRITIKK IN ENGLISH: http://www.kunstkritikk.com/kritikk/american-grotesque/