Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Cecilie Dahl

Clothes for a Summer Hotel

Clothes for a Summer Hotel

Cecilie Dahl. Clothes for a Summer Hotel, 2004–2006.

The performance "Clothes for a Summer Hotel" features a berry dress on a woman’s body,(the dress made out of blackberries, raspberries or cloudberries, depending on geographic location, season, site and context), a vernissage crowd, the woman working the room, holding a glass of wine, lime green stiletto heels. The dress partly disintegrates in the course of the performance, trails of berry juice running down the woman’s body, the threads holding the dress together transforming into a pattern of veins on her skin. The juice dripping on to the floor, drawing a path of colored lines and puddles, tracking her movements, blending her physical motion with that of the others, recording a diagram, mapping the interaction between the woman and the crowd..... Voluptuously dressed, protected, exposing a seductive trait, an attractive inviting woman, then within minutes undressed, naked, the absurd clothing made out of edibles, a dress of berries melting - a moment covering the skin, hiding the body, then exposing it through a transformation, a visual superficiality, a vulnerable bareness, a shift, an illusion of exposing the inside on the outside, the scent of berries drenching the room as the woman makes her exit....... A renegotiation of a communicative situation raising a number of issues: - What is it to be dressed and how does our clothing facilitate certain communicative roles? - How are sensuous attraction, eroticism and sexuality replaced by unpleasant connotations to improper dress code, bodily fluids, and even to a forensic aesthetic? - What connotations surface when one realizes that the dress is made out of berries, something edible? - When and where during the course of the performance does the pleasant experience, both from the point of view of the performer and the audience, approach an unpleasant sensation-distressing, simultaneous possibly exciting, turn into apprehension and a somewhat disturbing incident? - Where and how do issues of illusion and reality surface in this process? - What role does the fragrance of the berries play as the dress falls apart and the scent intensifies? - How does physical and psychological proximity work as the performance proceeds? - How does the trail from the dripping dress relate to and communicate with the trails from other people stepping in the juices? - How does the work invoke and further explore issues raised by several of Marina Abramovic/Ulays works, by Jana Sterbak´s " Vanitas: Flesh Dress for Albino Anorectic" and how does it relate to the drip paintings of Jackson Pollock?


performance, body, woman, feminity, voyeurism, dress codes, uncertainty, illusion, pain, pleasure, joy, emotions,

32.7 Like Pink Snowflakes1995 – Ten years ago – ISleeping BeautySnow – WhiteClothes for a Summer HotelIn French with English SubtitlesMy Dress stained and I was relieved

Clothes for a Summer HotelHard Candy, still lives and short stories Suck me, Lick me

Brooklyn, NY


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