BAYTHUR is a multimedia installation by Kansas City-based artist Johanna Winters that considers the condition of a puppeted female who performs her sensuality for a pretend audience. Through video, audio, and sculpture, Winters manifests the BAYTHUR as an embodied chaperone adorned in papier-mâché costuming and appendages. She navigates her environs devoid of human presence (empty garden fountains, empty home interiors, empty bathtubs), yet she is titillated by the possibility of being witnessed. In this way, we might recognize a familiar tension between consented and unwanted noticing. Her bumbling and muted disposition cajoles onlookers into a (pitying?) response that offers up the validation she seeks.
At the opening on April 1st, Winters will present a collaborative performance with cellist and composer Ethan Philbrick, titled AN UNTUCHING, EN FOOR PARTS, that explores the politics of touch by pairing experimental shadow puppetry and new music for solo cello.