Set in an era not too long before now, Hopelessly Devoted is an intimate audio story for one. Inspired by the time Jenny developed a hot and heavy crush on the telephone voice of her universal credit consultant, Hopelessly Devoted is a quest to find connection against a backdrop of suspicion, seclusion and a pervasive culture of rape.
Hopelessly Devoted is a semi autobiographical story which unpicks desire, kink, sex positivity, abuse and survival. It’s an act of resilience against mainstream sexual culture and call for us all to work out how to make each other feel safe and ecstatically loved.
Jenny Gaskell is an artist based in Manchester. She makes work which is a combination of performance and participation. Jenny is interested in connection, art that happens in everyday places and creating scenarios for people to take agency.
Hopelessly Devoted contains swearing throughout as well as references to sex and abuse. It is recommended for a +12yrs audience. Content warnings are made explicit in the signage surround the phones, in the audio introduction in the piece and also online.