Press Her

Madeline Beckett

10 - 21 November 2015 
Opening Night Tuesday 10 November 2015, 5-7PM 

Press Her looks at the human form in response to pressure - as it is made vulnerable, susceptible and impressionable.

Pressure is an immaterial force we all come into contact with. Its effects are accumulative and wear on the body. Press Her addresses the body under pressure, attempting to visualise this invisible force in its various manifestations, in a search for an affective and therapeutic release.

Press Her operates through a multi-dimensional performance installation involving partial audience participation. An arrangement of performance systems expose the body to pressure - whether this be the physical pressure of reciprocal touch, the pressure of materiality exerted on the moving, strained or immersed body, or the abstract suggestion of slow accumulated pressure. It hints at the conditions exerted and experienced by bodies in everyday life on a visual platform to consider and reimagine the immaterial force of pressure.

Press Her will feature sound artists Joji Malani and Joel van Gastel, with performances by Boni Cairncross, James Batchelor, Ryl Harris, Lucy Westbrook, Veronica Barac and Emma Batchelor. Produced by Joel van Gastel and Paul Beckett.

This project was assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).


Image: Madeline Beckett, 'Untitled - Press Her exhibition development' 2015, Mixed media performance installation, dimensions variable.

ID: A person is half crouching with their arms over their head. They are obscured by a clear drop sheet, through which their bear arms and legs are visible. A small pile of sand is collected on top of the drop sheet, supported by the hands underneath.

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