"But Then" is a video installation that uses storytelling to explore the individual self-policing that takes place when we present ourselves to the world: how our stories change according to our own sense of shame and judgment. Through this enactment we both moralise and normalize our actions, but always in relation to the people around us.
As Foucault posits in his Panopticon, our self-disciplining is internalised; our quest is to be “normal”. "But Then" emphasizes these forms of normative power relations through auditory storytelling, performance and image making.
Exhibited at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, 2017. It takes place is a small dark room. Viewers enter the space. Above them animated eyes look down, moving across the curves of the walls and ceilings. Viewers put on Wifi headphones and hear a voice speaking to them.
Sound Design: Gus Franklin