The Siren is a digital performance art film that uses the image and plays to the preconceived notions of this mythical temptress in order to explore the true nature of the audiences’ gaze, their innate desire to watch, and how the female form is represented within art and film. By playing to and embodying these traditional clichés - beautiful, dangerous and always naked - the film seeks to both challenge these sexual clichés and to finally give a strong and powerful voice to The Siren.
Filmed entirely underwater in slow motion and originally projected as a life size holographic film installation, the artwork makes the impossible - a women living and breathing underwater - become a reality. Beautiful and haunting, she exists within the substantial nothingness of the screen as pure artifice and constructs her own reality. A reality in which she transcends the sexual clichés attached to the perception of the Siren and forces her audience to not only acknowledge her presence, power, and autonomy, but to question who is in control of the gaze: the watcher or the watched.
The Siren was originally exhibited as a life size holographic film installation. Although intended for the medium of holographic projection, the work also exists outside of this medium as a 2-dimensional video installation available on Sedition as a limited edition.
The Siren was awarded the Passion for Freedom 2013 Gold Film Award for ‘it’s artistic value and powerful visual message embodying the freedom of women’ and the MAMA’s 2012 Award for it’s ‘innovative concept and design’. This limited edition release is a collaboration with Passion for Freedom for their 2018 Festival, and profits from the sales of the work will benefit the non-profit organisation who promote human rights and freedom of expression.