‘We go through life, we shed our skins, we become ourselves’
Vanitas Arts develops collaborative, digital based, trans media installations that explore the human condition through words, video, photography, sound, live performance and installation.
Taking inspiration from a variety of sources including literature, mythology, history and resistance politics, the pieces take a
female-centric view and explore issues of power, gender, exile, asylum and containment - all which have a contemporary resonance.
Recent work includes: AAAGRRR!; (Video and sound Installation), Definitions of She; (photographic portraits, video and live piece). The Economy of Sacrifice, digital instillation, The Lady of Situations (collaboration with writer Seni Seneviratne) digital, trans media performance based installation.
Work in development includes The Gift of Flesh, a reimagined digital installation exploring the recipient of Van Gogh's severed ear in Arles.
WE HAVE TO LIVE THROUGH METAMORPHOSIS TO UNDERSTAND WHO WE REALLY ARE ......
The launch of this Arts Council funded, experimental collaboration, combining theatre. poetry, digital art and music in an immersive performance at Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor Sheffield on October 25th as part of Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2016
A collaboration between Shirley Harris and Seni Seneviratne resulted in an installation and immersive performance exploring themes of power and control, containment and punishment, gender identity, language and silence, trauma and recovery using ancient myths, which resonate with contemporary themes.
The ‘Lady of Situations’ project explores central themes through two mythical characters, Philomel and Tiresias. Delivered in a Vanitas style, and will comprise of photographs,video, performance, written and spoken word/poems, soundtrack. It was premiered at the 2016 Off the Shelf Festival, at Theatre Delicatessen and went on to performances and exhibitions at Bank St Arts and Exchange Place Studios. Over 500 people experienced and engaged with the installation throughout its development and delivery.