close your eyes and take five deep breaths
have you ever thought that the moon is so much cooler than the sun and maybe thats why you really like vampire movies and witches and goth shit because you feel more aligned with the moon and maybe thats the reason why you love rimming so much because you get to taste where the sun dont shine and relish it and ultimately maybe that the reason why you cant sleep at night is because the moon fills you with so much energy and you wake up the next day and youre supposed to be somewhere on time but you still have no sense of it and some normie with control issues tells you that you are lazy and hopeless but the ritual of getting that coffee in the morning helps sustain you and dont you feel that trying to keep in line with this sense of time is really exhausting?
make fake deadlines pay rent pay bills set goals baby steps just do it keep trying hang in there cheer up hope youre holding up okay you look tired get some sleep got to sleep go to sleep
time and time again
Sean Miles is an interdisciplinary and process-based artist, respectfully doing mahi on sacred Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri) and Boon Wurrung land in the settler colonial city called Melbourne.
Their practice centres the correlations between trickster archetypes in ancient mythologies and contemporary queer performativity, attitudes, actions and resistance tactics. They hold a particular interest in the stories of Māui and how his clever wit combined with the powers of shape-shifting and interdimensional travel are used to undermine structural authority to benefit those with less privilege and access.
They apply simplistic and immediate methods of transformation to at-hand material and to environments as a means to reveal the transformative potential of our everyday make-up. They manifest visions that confront the ongoing damage of colonial and heteronormative social structures and concurrently foster a space for contemplation, healing, liberation, regeneration and a celebration of resilience.
Killing Time articulates a frustration with standardised time and fucks with its measurements in various ways, presented through the visual, sonic and written form.
The performance-for-video is inspired by my personal dreams, visions and hallucinations during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. It conjures characters that I embody to explore alternate spaces and places in time.
By following intuitive processes, I liberate myself from the constructs of time to instead follow rhythms that are more in tune with the body, the free flowing mind and the deeper spiritual forces of what we call past, present and future.
When experiencing this work, I encourage you to apply a non-linear and experimental approach to your engagement.
Ko Titiraupenga te maunga
Ko Orakānui te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti-Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti-Ahuru te hapu
Ko Ngātira te marae
Ko Sean toku ingoa
Ko takatāpui ahau
E mihi tēnei te mana whenua o nga iwi Moemoea
This performance was recorded on the sacred land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. I’d like to acknowledge them as the traditional custodians of these lands, waterways and skies. I’d further like to acknowledge their ongoing connection to material, creative practice, knowledge systems and oral traditions. I pay my respects to their ancestors & elders and extend that respect to all First Nations people.
Some key texts that inform this work:
● Tāwhanga Mary-Legs Nopera, huka can haka: Taonga performing tino rangatiratanga
● Ngāhuia Murphy, Te Awa Atua: Menstruation in the Pre-Colonial Maori World
● Rangi Mātāmua, Matariki: The Star of the Year
● Laura Westengard, Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma
Special thanks and acknowledgements to:
● Agnes Whalan (Production Assistance)
● Klari Agar (Production Assistance)
● Jake Treacy (Support)
● Bon Mott (Ongoing Mentorship/Support)
● Anador Walsh (Developmental Support)
● Knowledge of Wounds - Course: IndigiQueer Poetics: Desire, Flesh, Memory. Facilitated by Ellen van Neerven, Joshua Whitehead, Joseph M. Pierce, S.J Norman
● Ngāti Kangaru ~ for inspiring the initial movements for this performance
● Manisha Anjali ~ for encouraging me to listen to my dreams and with my writing
● Kei te pai Press - Hana Pera Aoake & Morgan Godfery
● Seb Henry Jones, Ellen Formby, Joel Spring and the Runway Team
● Friends, whanau and collaborators who have helped shaped my practice
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