Princess, Alexis Gideon and Michael O'Neill, is a performance art duo that uses music as the backbone of a multi-disciplinary practice. Princess explores issues of queerness and the concept of masculinity. Simultaneously gay, straight, queer, masculine and feminine, Princess embodies the fluidity and coherence between the seemingly contradictory.
Alexis and Michael are platonic soul mates, unified in their bond of not quite fitting in,
who have been creating conceptual performances since 1999.
Out There is a concept video album by the band Princess.
It explores toxic masculinity and the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny.
The power of the Divine Feminine is explored through collaborations with
JD Samson, visual artist Jennifer Myers and the band TEEN.
The world premiere of Out There was performed at the Andy Warhol Museum on March 1, 2019,
followed by a 59 performances at institutions including
MOCA Cleveland, the Wexner Center for the Arts, DePaul Art Museum, The Bass, MIT List Visual Arts Center, MCA San Diego and the New Museum in NYC.
In 2020, Princess premiered @1minworld at The Andy Warhol Museum, presented as a virtual broadcast due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Simultaneously, @1minworld has been released on Instagram as a series of 15 distinct one-minute videos that take the platform’s constraints as a challenge to be reckoned with.
Princess was formed in 2004 in the Chicago DIY Performance space Texas Ballroom.
The duo released a self-titled LP and performed until 2006 when they went on to pursue other paths, reuniting for this project in 2017.