'House of cards' was an intensely psychological performance carried out by Mike Parr in private at Artspace, Sydney on 2 May 2004. With his print work '(ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE) Black Box of 100 Self Portrait Etchings', Parr sat on the gallery floor and clumsily constructed a house of cards, a game he recalls playing with his siblings as a child. Parr’s regressive enactment 'transcends the self-portrait image' by seemingly channelling the repressed Id, buried deep within his unconscious.
'House of card's is a black and white video, digitised from Mark Bliss's 16mm film recording of the performance. An edition of '(ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE)' is held within the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
16mm film shown as single channel digital video, black and white, sound
AP, from an edition of 3 + 2 AP
duration: 00:29:40 min continuous, aspect ratio: 16:9
Signature & date
Signed and dated certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Mike Parr 21.10.2019".
Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Mike Parr