I’m Sorry positions the viewer inside a mock domestic setting with two windows on either side of them. The sound of footsteps can be heard circling the space. Suddenly a figure starts knocking at one window. They keep saying “I’m sorry”, knocking as if they want to be let in. They walk around the space (footsteps circle the viewer) to the next window and knock while apologizing. As time goes on the apologies become more and more aggressive and the knocking more violent.
There is a dark undercurrent to this piece that explores the monstrousness in machismo culture that plays out and has its victims within the domestic space. The viewer is in the position of being ‘domestified’ and under attack. This is both a darker exploration of gender play and a theatre of performance. I myself perform as the man at the window in order to highlight that this person is wearing the “mask of masculinity”; a performative guise that exists, not through an essentialist idea of what it is to be a man, but a dangerous reification pushed upon us within the Australian hegemony. It should be noted that while I’m Sorry is about domestic abuse, that the viewers inside the space are of all genders. Everyone is a victim.
Review by Philip Brophy, published in RealTime Arts