The Machine Legends is an installation/performance piece exploring the human body through mythology and fetishism. The performer is encased in an airtight latex structure and uses his own breathing to maintain a vacuum inside, making the latex suck tightly around their body. The vacuumed latex simultaneously sexualises and dehumanises the performer’s body, turning them into a living sculpture.
Acting out scenes from a fictional mythology the performer appears as a figure of carved stone but through the alabaster coloured latex he is clearly a living breathing human trapped inside.
Adam Electric explores fetish and mythology in his vacuumed latex performance/installations. Developed from his costumes, Adam creates and performs in sculptural pieces that distort and restrain the human form. He blurs the line between the living performer and the inanimate materials as the two become interconnected.
Adam Electric, SPILL Festival of Performance '14, Photo by Dee O'Connell
'The Machine Legends' is 8min 53 secs in
Adam Electric, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Dee O'Connell
Adam Electric, Machine Legends, Torture Garden 24th Birthday Ball 2015, The Coronet, Photo by Hyder Images
(Machine Legends is featured at 02:10 in the video)
Adam Electric, Machine Legends, Rubber Cult 2015, Photo by Zac Zenza
Video documentation by Dee O'Connell of 'The Machine Legends' in the National Platform at SPILL Festival of Performance 2014.
'Using only my breathing I create the vacuum in the sealed installation. As the latex slowly gets tighter it pulls my body into a position of its own choosing. I fight to maintain the vacuum while struggling against my airless prison'