Shortly before the first Lockdown was implemented in London, Fauness staged a performance at Hyperdub-run club night Ø in the guise of Plexaure, her alter-ego. Plexaure is an immortal sea nymph from ancient Greece who has survived through to the present day, having been forced, due to climate change and ecocide, to abandon her original habitat. Giving an experimental twist to the aesthetic of the pop music video, Plexaure’s Tour Diary gives an account of what happened to this nymph after Covid-19 forced public spaces to empty, shops to close, and human beings to go indoors. Plexaure travels alone through the English countryside, her only companions the wild ponies she meets along the way. The original soundtrack is a poetic reflection on the objectification of natural scenery, particularly in relation to the pervasive rediscovery/reenchantment of “the outdoors” during the Pandemic.
This video is the first of “Pop Psychology,” a four-part video release on Creamcake’s 3hdTV platform. This past year has been a period of deep reflection. At a time of serious social, political and economic upheaval, triggered by an ongoing pandemic, each and every one of us has been pushed to confront the systems, structures and spaces we inhabit—both as a community and as individuals. There have been benefits to this moment of crisis and consequent self-examination. As our primary modes of organizing have been taken from us with social distancing and self-isolation protocol, the question has become, “where do we go now?” Gathering in clubs, theaters, galleries, even our homes has been deemed unsafe. With that we have been forced to look even further inward, into our hearts and our minds, while developing new spaces of energy, action and connection on the internet. Creamcake’s “Pop Psychology” video program is one such productive and proactive outcome.