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Micro Commission: SIREN X [bath-time with a mer-man-maid]

‘SIRENX [bath-time with a mer-man-maid]’ is a short, queer, decolonial video performance set
almost entirely inside a domestic bathroom. Viewers are granted an intimate, private audience
with ‘SIRENX’ – a ‘mer-thing’, a genderqueer man-made-merman-maid, and learn a little
decolonial history about gender, queerness, mythical ‘monsters’, self-care, limitations, and
Blending queer camp with surreal humour and light-horror, questioning the sanitized
consumerist idea of ‘mermaids’ in the 21st century, with their more strange and terrifying
historical antecedents.

Artist Bio:

Sebastian H-W is a Live Artist (MX:UK) based in the West Midlands whose work explores
identity, memory, technology, participation, and bodies, through cutting-edge approaches to
creating live performances, action-based interventions, immersive tours, games, and
installations. He has made work across a range of sites, spaces, and places including; grand
theatres, queer clubs, white cubes, black-boxes, historic watchtowers, city streets, quiet
canals, the palm of your hand, and the voices inside your head.
Sebastian is an associate artist at ]performance s p a c e [, an ACME studio artist, studio
technician for Alice Anderson and a performer for Geraldine Pilgrim Company and ZU UK
among others. He has performed on both a national and international level including the V&A
Museum, Artsadmin, Battersea Arts Centre, Chelsea Theatre, The Wellcome Collection,
Camden People’s Theatre, Arnolfini Bristol, Tempting Failure Festival, Sarean Centro Cultural
Bilbao (Spain) Meinblau Gallery and Gruntaler9 Berlin (Germany), Grace Exhibition Space NYC
(USA) and UABJO Oaxaca (México).He has been funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, British Council in Mexico,
Jerwood Charitable Commission among other public and private funded bodies. Sebastian
received a First Class BA Honours in Performance Writing with Sound Practices from
Dartington College of Arts/Falmouth University (2011), and an MA in Contemporary
Performance Practices from the University of East London (2019).

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