Salome baby!

(Dance of the Infinite Veil)

A Wellcome Collection, Cruising for Art, commission 2014

Created for Brian Lobel's Cruising for Art Wellcome Collection's exhibition The Institutite of Sexology, 2014.


Salome baby! is an audio and cos-play performance in which participants are cruised and invited to wear an "infinite veil" . The veil carries an audio playlist with documentary and gamelike instructions for nosing out potential moments of contact between participants, artworks and strangers in the gallery.


Part response to Oscar Wilde's masterpiece Salome (1891) which many claim denotes the origins of Western strip tease (featured in The Institute of Sexology alongside illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley), part revival of Parry's previous participatory performance Touching Feeling  (2011), Salome baby! opens new perspectives to both these works, whilst also seeking/mourning opportunities for contact as opposed to networking within the exhibition space.


Infinite Veil designed and created by Mario Patsalides.

Salome Voiceover by Eirini Kartsaki

Music Samples by FKA Twiggs

Conceived by Owen G. Parry 2014.


Publication: Owen G. Parry 'Sex, Work, and Negative Affects in Participatory Performance' in Contemporary theatre Review, 2016