Spankomatic 4

Spankomatic 4 (2018)

Video: 13m, 7s.
Motorised video (white socks, water, MDF, pine, steel, video, servo motors, arduino), quadraphonic audio, wet socks, metal basin, 85.5x42cm digital print.

Spankomatic here existed as a kinetic, motorised video projection, repeatedly panning 180º across the exhibition space, synchronised quadraphonic audio, a basin full of wet socks, and a digital print of a wet bum.

Spankomatic acknowledges the absurdity of serial production and mass consumerist experience with a constant cycle of spanking. As the movement of factories and a progressive abundance of object-hood changes our relationship with bodies and the bodily is alluded to, art production is caught up in the spokes, and questions of punishment and ritual are raised with female-identifying bodies offered in a satirically armed alliance of the abject-grotesque and female empowerment. The question of degradation is met with looks of blank boredom, an acceptance of the task that must be completed. It is twisted into the politics of production, and the producers are decidedly female. Through visual referencing of modern dance and performance tropes, these ‘labourised’ women turn the question of female exposure and gain to art production. The factory line is thus conjured as demarcation of this particular space; of abject bodily focus and fragmentation, but also of ridiculing our own complicity.

(Exhibited in GSA Degree Show, 2018, Glasgow, 2018).

[Massive thank you to the performers in the video: Jess Carnegie, Paula Doherty, Emma Hislop, and Lily Smith].