The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady is an experimental salon and stealth performance work which starts from the premise that finance and the ‘business model’ is an experimental playground that peddles in speculation, fiction, and value creation.

Adopting the grammar of finance and mimetic strategies, Iron Lady attempts to intervene in the fictional world of money-making through a business shirt-ironing venture for the central business district.

The ‘Iron Lady’ is a weaponised body that makes explicit the invisible labour of women that drive the economy. As she attempts to conceal her intentions within the deceptively humble laundry service, she performs her trade as part espionage, part sex work, and part domestic servitude.

Hybrid pop-up shop, participatory exchange, dating and counseling service and artisanal salon, the Iron Lady will function to extract useful information about the economy and experiment with currency and trade.

Lead Artist: Rebecca Conroy
Collaborators: Emma Price and Lucky Price
Producers: Performance Art Development Agency
Presenters: VitalStatistix
Creative Development 30 Oct – 6 Nov 2017
First stage Iteration 6 – 22 November 2017 (Adelaide)

Commissioned by PADA and VitalStatistix (SA)

Iron Lady is a comedic intervention into the finance district by an artist armed with an ironing board.