Impostor: A Self-Portrait (Installation)

Robert Lendrum

2009, colour, English


Impostor: A Self-Portrait (2006-9) is an installation consisting of five single channel videos and a series of market research graphic prints. In the video series, Jacqueline van de Geer� interprets and impersonates my identity. Numerous sites of identity formation are turned into a stage for van de Geer's performance including personal stories, slang, masculinity and one's sense of humour. Both absurd and sincere, this project brings issues of representation of the self through another body, sex, gender, nationality, language and age to the forefront. This project emerged out of a conceptual process beginning with an attempt to 'map' my identity. Using the guise of a market research company, I launched an online survey asking questions about my physical, social, subjective and political self. Over seventy-five of my friends, family, coworkers and ex-girlfriends responded to the survey, providing significant data to form an Identity Profile. The predominately quantitative data was synthesized into a market research report using visual aids such as pie charts and graphs. This information was given to actors responding to a call for auditions. From this audition process, van de Geer was chosen and together we collaborated to make this series of videos.

My Commonly Used Phrases� (326.02), My Favorite Jokes� (326.03), The Chipmunks� (326.04), Dudes� (326.05), and Impostor: The Audition� (326.06).

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