Nikki Telegan, 2022

I examine the interconnected possibilities of the self-fetishized body as a site for vulnerability and power while questioning the relevancy of flesh and liveness in our current and post-pandemic culture. Through a variety of wet and messy techniques to express the leaky body, often involving sweet, sticky, and artificial substances, I question the allure of the abject, the call of the void of the internet, and the extent to which the body-image can and does exist across space and across time. This strategy is often executed through a multiple-channel, combined live and virtual performance work as a method of implicating my audience's gaze and inviting them to question, when presented with both, what takes priority. I look at glimmers of resistance to censorship throughout history by tracing my erotic ancestry, popular culture uptakes of algorithm divergence, and my own childlike-sensibility and approach to play in kink. These ideas are absorbed through semipermeable membranes, such as the surface of my skin, and are expelled onto the surface of the screen, broadcasting out, welcoming others in.


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