Submerge Festival: Into The Deep - Francesca Fini

Submerge Festival: Into The Deep - Francesca Fini

Ahead OF THE FESTIVAL, INTER:MISSION MET UP WITH CURATOR, MIKE PONY. IT SEEMED ONLY FITTING THAT WE CHECKED OUT SUBMERGE’S FRIDAY NIGHT’S OPENING SHOWS.

Submerge Festival cross-curates electronic music, audiovisual art and performance art in various locations across Bristol this weekend.

‘Into the Deep’ formed the second part of Friday night’s opening shows at the Loco Klub, harbouring music and art in Temple Meads' underground tunnels. 

Amongst live music from CHK ONE’s Claire Northey, who reinvents the violins classical associations using a loop peddle and Eastern European influence, Francesca Fini’s ‘Snow Red’ made its UK Premiere.

Claire Northey, French Musician. 

Claire Northey, French Musician. 

Before the piece, Francesca Fini and Innanna Trillis made the Loco Klub’s underground tunnels look fabulous with their neon pink wigs and white clinical attire.
 

'Snow Red' commenced with the two women using neon pink hairdryers to free a Barbie from a block of ice. After sufficient melting and violently throwing the remaining matter on the ground, the Barbie is revealed to be coated with black ink, which the women smear on their white scrubs.

An evident comment on the Burkini Bikini ban was made when one women removes her white clinical habit to reveal a metallic gold bikini. She is then cloaked in a white burkini, while the other abruptly feeds her ice lolly’s through the material.

Disturbing to say the last, but clearly the intention. To me, the piece suggested that phallocentric society ultimately determines what women can and can’t wear. Polarising between the view that women are wearing too little or wearing too much.



Elena Angelides, Theatre Editor

Submerge Festival's cross curation of music, audiovisual art and performance art will continue all weekend.
The Old Coroners Court will be taken over by 'The Lost City' and 'The Ascent', while tomorrow 'Exist' will be occupying the space. Adam Basanta's installation 'Room Dynamics' will be free to visit at the Loco Klub all weekend.