Valentine’s Day 2020, (AKA My Partner Smashed My Egg in The Car on Valentine’s Day)
Birmingham City University, GB
Emily Scarrott is an artist and PhD student at Birmingham School of Art. Her performative research praxis explores the absurd as a non-cis-male protagonist. These experiences are led by nourishing and tactile encounters with unfertilised eggs. She is currently performing durational care to one specific egg; he is doing quite well, and they go everywhere together. Exploration of Emily’s relationship with her egg culminates in repetitive manifestos, experimental speculative fictions, performance and rapid response making.
'Valentine’s Day 2020' documents a key moment in my performance-led research. My PhD utilises absurdist practice to challenge a prescribed ‘meaning’ of non-male identities, based on the values of biological reproductivity. Absurdism is traditionally communicated with cis-male examples, whereas this research argues that the experiences of women, trans, and non-binary people are far more appropriate. Specifically, my research is led by ongoing performance of nurturing care towards a single, unfertilised chicken’s egg. This act is an antagonism of the capitalist expectations of my egg-making body. The experimental text exposes a synergic moment in which an egg-making body and a worm-making body work in opposition to heteronormative expectation. The occurrence falls at a point in the calendar which customarily capitalises upon heterosexual relationships and the romance of reproductivity. In my critical commentary, I will discuss the importance of the egg’s breakage in my research narrative, along with my decision to document in this structure.