Saturday 26 May, 9.30 pm
LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images
ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Eris: The Path of ER is a performance by Claire Hooper, drawing on Greek mythology as
a narrative device - threading a fine line between classical theatre, docu-fiction and soap drama.
The newly developed work traces the experiences of Danielle Marie Shillingford, a woman who has lost, and struggles to regain custody of her children. In Eris: The Path of ER, the slippages between Danielle and her god-like alterego Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, creates a continuous blurring between the fantastical, the superhuman and the absolutely mundane: an ongoing movement that cannot be contained by realism alone.
The performance departs from Hooper's 2011 film Eris, and takes the form of a part-film, part-performance delivery by Danielle with a narration by Grime MC Lioness and a specifically developed live soundtrack by musician and composer Beatrice Dillon.
Beatrice Dillon (born 1978) is a musician and composer from London. She has produced music for Openmusicarchive and remixes for various artists including Petit Mal 'Crisis In The Credit System'. As a songwriter, producer and guitarist she has worked with many collaborators most recently with guitarist Matthew Swinnerton. Dillon wrote and produced a documentary for BBC Radio 4 on poet Langston Hughes and has presented live music shows for Resonance FM. She assisted John Coxon in the setting up of Treader Records and was the live music curator for Whitechapel Gallery. She has made a compilation of obscure world music for The Trilogy Tapes being released late 2012. She wrote and recorded the soundtrack to Nyx (2010) the first in this trilogy of films by Claire Hooper.
Claire Hooper (born 1978) is an artist and filmmaker from London. She is the recipient of the 2010 Baloise Art Prize, and was nominated for the 2011 Jarman Award. Solo exhibitions include Lothringer 13 in Munich and MUMOK in Vienna, both in 2011. Her work has been screened and exhibited at national and international venues including the Serpentine Gallery, the ICA, Jerwood Space, Art Basel and IT Park Gallery, Taiwan.
Lioness is a MC/Rapper from South East London and one of UK's leading female MCs. She has opened for various artists including US MC Rick Ross on his BMF tour at the Hammersmith Apollo and for R&B group BoyzIIMen. She has been involved in a number of features with the likes of 'Godfather of Grime' Wiley, UK trio Stooshe, the original 'Female MC' ma Dynamite alongside A.Dot and Lady Leshurr and a stand out performance at the critically acclaimed Asian festival, 02 London Mela with Preeya Kalidas.
Danielle-Marie Shillingford, born London, 1983, is an actress and model living and working in Berlin. Shillingford has specialised in art and theatre productions including Sarah Cole's Artangel commission Smother, Middlemarch and Trailer by Joseph Walsh, Jenny Evans et al. She has starred in various films by Claire Hooper including Nyx, The Blessing and Legacy and Estate. In Eris, Danielle performs the role of herself, and the role of her alter ego, the goddess of strife: Eris.
Eris (2011) was commissioned by FLAMIN, Picture This and Lighthouse with the support of Arts Council England.
Image credit: Claire Hooper, Eris: The Path of ER, 2012, courtesy of the artist