Buttered Up

Áine Phillips

Description

Buttered Up tells the story of a performance artist who embarks on an improbable journey to explore the mysterious underworld of domesticity. She uses a practical method of escapology, quantities of butter and a complete suspension of disbelief to undergo an unusual metamorphosis. The protagonist evades the entrapments of domesticity… or does she use the trap itself as a means of escape? Themes of displacement and transformation within the domestic frame are explored with humour in this short film.

Buttered Up developed out of a live performance at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh in 2016 where Phillips slowly and deliberately buttered the crevices of a plush sofa before donning swimming cap and goggles, diving into the couch and disappearing completely into the ‘underworld of domesticity’. The Arts Council awarded Phillips a bursary to create a short film of the performance and the following year, 2017, film maker Vivienne Dick, along with sound artist Slavek Kwi, worked with Phillips on the project to produce the 6-minute video. Buttered Up has been shown at film festivals such as Galway Film Fleadh and Clare Island Film Festival.

Details
Title

Buttered Up

Year

2017

Creator

Áine Phillips

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Performance

Genre

Surrealist

Subject

The entrapments of domesticity

Language

None

Duration

00:06:00

Original format

Digital

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Áine Phillips

Artist website

https://ainephillips.com/home.html

Link to work

https://vimeo.com/273577576 (password protected)