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Hardware. Software. Wetware. Witness a cyborg goddess, and confront your ultimate fear – the rising up of the feminine body.

Presented by Arnolfini as part of the Still I Rise expanded programme.

We are witnessing the birth of a robotic Venus…dystopian, funny, and weirdly beautiful.” (Art & Australia). 

The cyborgian goddess brought down to us in human form.” (Review: Running Dog)


The history of women is literally interwoven with that of mechanical production: weaving, looms, switchboard operation, hardware assembly lines. Our cultural imagination has entangled the narratives of femininity and technology even further, in science fiction, horror, and post-apocalyptic scenarios.

Enter the fembot.

Uncanny Valley Girl explores questions of gender, technology, intimacy and power through the lens of the fembot motive. Shifting between beauty and horror, machine and body, eroticism and hostility, this performance lures the audience into a dark confrontation with their own gaze. Seductive and sometimes humorous, it will make you fear that technology is taking over, or that maybe women are. 

The ‘uncanny valley’ is a robotics term referring to a steep dip in a graph measuring our discomfort when features look and move almost, but not exactly like natural beings, mapping the visceral reaction at the borders of real and unreal, of pleasure and horror.

Conjuring a feminist, cyber/socio-political imagination, Uncanny Valley Girl dives into the depths of this valley. What pleasures and horrors can be imagined in the void?

When something isn’t quite alive, it definitely can’t die.


Choreographer/performer: Angela Goh
Composer: Corin Ileto
Writer: Holly Childs
Text code: Linda Dement

This performance contains nudity, loud music, and sequences with flashing lights.

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance – Act 3 is a large-scale exhibition of international artists, highlighting the experiences of women and celebrating their triumphs – with an expanded programme of performances, screenings, workshops and talks filling Arnolfini through Autumn 2019.

Description of the image at the top of the page: A woman bathed in red with her arms stretched out. The woman is wearing large goggles.