Mollusk Theory: Soft Bodies is a performance that plunges into the ocean to discover an unlikely theoretician in the squid, a mollusk with a soft body. The performance comprises a series of fragments that bespeak the mollusk, and propose a new discourse of language, subjectivity and love. In Mollusk Theory: Soft Bodies, Bycroft attempts to abandon the human self and identity and provide it with a queer perspective, and in doing so, developing a space for the mollusk and its theories to reemerge.
Madison Bycroft (b. 1987, Kaurna/Adelaide, Australia) is an artist currently based between Paris and Rotterdam. Working in performance, video and sculpture, Bycroft explores the idea of ‘pathos’ – the activity and/or passivity of affect – in its relation to the material process of subjectivisation.
Bycroft is a graduate from the MFA program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, NL, and is a co-founder of facilitative platform, ‘GHOST’. International presentations include participation in The Rennes Biennale, Liveworks Performance Act Award, Trento, Italy, Sharjah Biennale, Beirut, Lebanon, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, CAC Brétigny, Paris, France, Westfälischer Kunstverein in Muenster, Yellow Brick, Athens, and The ISCP in Brooklyn, New York. Bycroft’s Australian exhibitions have included Greenaway Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, and The Australian Experimental Art Foundation