London – Iamdead – The Video Show, Serpentine Gallery, London

Iamdead is an installation with performance and video that was part of The Video Show, Serpentine Gallery, London in 1975.

These photographs below were taken during the videoing of the performance, and exist as remaining documentation from this videotape. Prints derived from this video performance circulated and were showed as autonomous works.

From Shemilt’s description and these images, it is clear that the video was divided in two performative sequences: the first shot in her home garden, with Shemilt in a gown and shrouded in a veil, manipulating a Perspex human figure within an installation composed by several elements including a ladder and a stool; the second was a performance by the artist, naked, shot in the house cellar.

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Installation with Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Installation with Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Installation with Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Installation with Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Installation with Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt

Elaine Shemilt
‘Iamdead’
Photo Documentation of Performance and Video
1974
© Elaine Shemilt