Bathroom Self(ie) : Dunedin Fringe Festival

Bathroom Self(ie)

The Bathroom Self(ie) machines are conductors of conversations about shared privacy, private images and public spaces.

Exhibited in the bathrooms of the Wall Street Mall, The Bathroom Self(ie) creates a visual and conceptual tension between the private nature of a public bathroom and the act of taking a selfie. It explores how the selfie genre portrays ideas of truth, fiction, identity and narrative within the context of fictional capitalism. Positioning selfies in this context opens new understandings for how and why selfies appear familiar and uncanny, as inherently constructed and contrived images of self-identity and self-narrative.

Previously a bathroom selfie was a sad cliché, a cringe-worthy image that implied you had no friends to take an image for you. Now they can be a glamorous rebellion (thank you Met Gala), a political act for transgender people, or a simple ‘look where I am'.

Bathroom Self(ie) celebrates the selfie genre for its fearless embracement of constructed images of fictional capitalism. In juxtaposing the overtly constructed and familiar materials of the artworks with the commercial display cabinets in a mall bathroom - visitors are encouraged to engage with the mechanism of the bathroom selfie. To relish the feeling of privacy a bathroom, even a public one proposes. To be fully aware that a selfie - like the self(ie) machines - is a constructed, manufactured, crafted and manipulated image of self.

This Fringe exhibition event encourages you to take a bathroom selfie - capture your image reflected in one of the selfie machines and share it online with the hashtag #fringebathroomselfie.

 

Thu
18
March
09:00AM
Fri
19
March
09:00AM
Sat
20
March
10:00AM
Sun
21
March
10:00AM
Mon
22
March
09:00AM
Tue
23
March
09:00AM
Wed
24
March
09:00AM
Thu
25
March
09:00AM
Fri
26
March
09:00AM
Sat
27
March
10:00AM
Sun
28
March
10:00AM

Price

Free

All Ages

Duration

Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm
Sat + Sun 10am - 5pm

Venue

Wall Street Mall Bathrooms

211 George Street Dunedin 9016

Visual Art

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The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the world’s southernmost Fringe Festival. Initiated in 2000, Dunedin Fringe aims to bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience and to support the work of emerging artists. Dunedin Fringe is an annual event which happens every March timed to coincide with other fringe festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

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03 477 3350