The Mythic Being by Adrian Piper

The Mythic Being was a project aimed to warp audience perception. Piper created an alter ego, a man, with an afro, mustache and sunglasses. She was filmed walking the streets reciting selections from her personal journal, such as an entry about her mother buying cookies and crackers. In the film you can see how the audience respond to this and they seem rather bewildered and confused. She wanted to disguise herself as someone with her history but with a different visual appearance as she adopts male behaviour. She does this by ‘checking out’ women in the streets and acting with male tendencies.

I enjoy this piece as it questions race, gender and identity. Mythic refers to the concept of race, herself and alter ego referred to as ‘I/You/Us’ is the being.


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