Shangri-La is perhaps a place where dead celebrities play and where everyone (not just the devil) wears Prada, Gucci, Armani and Chanel or else is eternally youthful, naked (and hot). A giant casino-shopping-entertainment-resort-beach-mountain-forest-nature-complex somewhere exotic where Kira from Xanadu (played by Olivia Newton-John) roller skates hand-in-hand with Patrick Swayze’s ghost, a lithe Anna Nicole Smith reclines by the pool on a permanent soma holiday and Jacko, with a perfect nose, innocently frolicks in a field with cherubim. And everything is free. On the other hand, it could all be a fake, a hollow cliché. A sham. A filthy lie. The mountains are fibre-glass, the grass is astro turf, the views are painted backdrops and the buildings are held together with sticky tape and blu-tack.
LIVE PERFORMANCE: Saturday 10 April 2010 @ 3pm
Sue Dodd presents the embodiment of a fantasy world that is an exotic, ‘out-of-time', ideal place peopled by characters that are both genders, old and young. These figures, dressed in revealing and obscuring fantasy costumes, will move languidly through the installation striking precariously balanced poses and referencing a stylistic mannerism of collapsed perspectives, irrational settings, imagined actions and dream narratives accompanied by video projections and a live improvised sound-scape created by voice and electronic instrumentation. Lyrics for the accompanying sound will incorporate readings from sources such as Vogue magazine, Italo Calvino’s Invisable Cities and Jean Stein’s Edie: An American Biography.