Narcissus (2012)
90min live performance
KINGS ARI, Flash Night

In her 1976 essay Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism, Rosalind Krauss ponders the self-love she saw as inherent within the then-newborn medium of video. Albrecht Durer’s first self-portraits were made in the 15th century – before and since, artists have exploited their own image for centuries. 40 years beyond the first seminal performance works recorded on video by the likes of Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, VALIE EXPORT and Yoko Ono, we are living in a different age where anyone with a webcam can YouTube their individual brand of ‘Broadcast Yourself’ narcissism. Narcisuss reflects and expands the medium of video, before and now: the ultimate mirror-medium.

The inspirational "text" for this piece was Marina Abramovic's "Art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful" (1975). Five still images, documentation of Abramovic's original performance, were selected as "ideal" freeze frames of "artist beauty". Using real-time video capture and instant playback, Eugenia performed to and at her own image, repeating this performance with the following provocation/manifesto:

I am seated. I brush my hair for beautiful art / artist beauty. I stare at you. I try and get it right. This repeats until one of us turns our back.

Photo/video documentation by Rachel Feery, Anabelle Lacroix and Eugenia Lim.

Narcissus (excerpt from live performance, 2012) from eugenia lim on Vimeo.