In this text based video work Kelly Doley & EO Gill examine the dynamics of power in relation to desire and fantasy. As the text unfurls, the viewer is offered a glimpse of a hand, a body, a context, a bigger picture. bb / bb is co-written by Doley & Gill, using found text and personal text messages, hand-painted by Doley, shot and edited by Gill with sound by Tom Smith that highlights the texts sinister double coding.
In this work Doley & Gill are interested in the concept of power in relation to performance and language on the one hand and to relational sexuality on the other. Their focus on questions of gender, sexual identity, and their own relationship to positions of power feels urgent at a time when these complex debates appear both more open and closed than ever before. In bb / bb Doley & Gill challenge the notion of fixed identities, turning to queer and lesbian film tropes of becoming, merging, manipulating and self-destructing and questions around agency, autonomy, and identity emerge.
bb / bb, EO Gill and Kelly Doley, HD video, 2017, Sound: Tom Smith, Duration: 4m07s