Birgitta Hosea


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Infection Drawing II (Trojan)

Infection drawing close up

Wearing a medical face mask and latex gloves, the artist performs a drawing for the camera on a long roll of paper in the enclosed space of her basement backyard. The materials used are graphite, ink and water applied with spinning top, stick, rubber stamps and a scrubbing brush. Using chance-based drawing methods, the markings spread across the paper using arbitrary and rhizomatic models of transmission.

Link to video of performance on Facebook live

This performance was created for The Trojan Donkey, a Facebook Live lockdown performance art event (curated by Amin Gulgee,Adam Fahy-Majeed and Sara Vaqar Pagganwala, 2020). In the century of the virus – an era that dawned in a climate of panic about the millennium bug and the AIDS epidemic – the private networks of human contact that underpin the fabric of our society are made public and visible as transmission routes of COVID 19. This performance aims to visualise fears of infection through unseen transmission routes: the chance encounter with infectious droplets in the air or attached to surfaces.

Infection drawing tools

Infection drawing performance

Infection drawing performance

Infection drawing performance

Infection drawing performance

Infection drawing performance

Infection drawing 2 performance