Soundtrack Of A Generation
When it comes to gimmicks, and everyone has their gimmick these days, there is none like that of Persephone Xui-Kleiner. Where others have incorporated various technology into their acts to get the crowds “dancing”, she has taken it to a whole other step, and a giant one at that.
Persy as she likes to be called has followed in the vein of some of the most recognizable acts before her time - Kiss, Abba, Daft Punk - in that the gimmick is who they are. They have their costumes, their catchy tunes, and their appeal. But for Persy, she just so happens to have a 4 meter tall mech.
Where others needed an elaborate stage show to support their work, Persy has none. For it’s all encompassed by her mech, which she says is named but wouldn’t share for the purposes of this interview. Nor would she let it be interviewed. But such is the purview of an artist, especially one as bold as Persy.
If the idea of a mech, ostensibly a very large exosuit with its only AI pilot apart from Persy herself, in the hands of a teenager scares you, then you haven’t seen anything of what makes this act so memorable. Where others stand atop a stage and project out over the crowd - Persy and her mech have foregone all of that.
They are in the crowd. Their performance like the best of immersive theater makes use of the audience. Because they are waltzing through it, with it. Dancing to a beat they generate together and as Persy says, “share” with the crowd. To her, or them to be more correct given the AI nature of Persy’s mech, it’s not a performance. It’s not a duet, but dance.
The music that follows and the actions of others that flow from it are merely “bonuses” in Persy’s weird slang.
Today’s art is courtesy of Lukas Walzer from Hamburg, Germany.