During her residency at Blake & Vargas, TARREN JOHNSON was working on her project DRIPFEED - an episodic series consisting of video and performance.
"Referring to the lurid clichés of daytime television, Johnson constructs a tightly controlled dimension commenting on the changing global perspectives of exported American media and entertainment. Her operators are postwar archetypes who navigate an uncanny, yet mundane, middle-class opulence of White America. Their roles as husbands, wives, neighbors, and “friends,” which once signalled the highest achievements in a pan-affluent golden age of U.S. imperialism, are thrown into critical jeopardy when examined from a post-9/11 stance. Inevitably, the characters become unmoored in a zone of disconnection that transforms them from icons of “the good life” to mascots of capitalist doom."
Dripfeed premiered on 18th / 19th May at Blake & Vargas.
Written and Directed by Tarren Johnson.
With: Andrew Clarke, Shade Théret, Jos McKain, Shiaz Legz, Olivia McGregor, Patrick J. Reed, Richard Bray and John Snyder.
Music by Forrest Moody.