A Guided Meditation with VHS Eyelashes
A Guided Meditation with VHS Eyelashes is an experiential performance by Elizabeth Milton that explores screen space, maximalist femininity, and pop culture notions of transcendence. Using camp materiality and absurdist excess, Milton collides video projection, live performance, and hyperbolic visualizations into a series of meditations that draw from a history of feminist performance, drag cabaret, and psychoanalytic theory.
In a fevered exaltation of the femme sublime, Milton will guide participants through an immersive installation and into a chromophilic wonder of video noise, theatrical snow, and glitter while exploring the lines between the material and immaterial. Playing with the slippage between the camera, the mirror, and the screen, A Guided Meditation with VHS Eyelashes embraces a sequin-laden absurdity in order to fracture and reflect the illusionistic “magic” of lens-based media and grieve the loss of analogue forms.
Elizabeth Milton is a performance and media artist based in Vancouver. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of British Columbia and a BFA in Visual Art from Simon Fraser University. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and Europe and developed through residencies at Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art, Iceland, Access Gallery and the Banff Centre. Her recent performances, exhibitions and screenings have taken place at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the grunt gallery (Vancouver) and Altes Finanzamt (Berlin, Germany). She instructs courses in Studio Art at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and Langara College in Vancouver, BC.