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Proposal for a flowery performance in an empty dirt area.
(Piece requires the possibility of decimation by war.)

 

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Performance carried out as follows: subject is wrapped in a colorful textile, tied to a platform for the dead, and left alone at the risk of chance.
  
 
 
 
  
 

 
 

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The audience.

 

I emerge from behind the curtain of my slumber, finding myself on a stage in a large auditorium — an act of dubious talent — before an army of restless audience members.

 

 

 

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Every time I visit Iraq in pictures, I die another little death.  

Yesterday I was in Sadr City.  I insisted that I would stay — even while I watched families leaving the city ahead of the rumored air raids.  I sat eating a nervous breakfast when I heard a whirr and a violent crash; I went deaf a split second before the US mortar round killed me.  I was a thirty-five year old woman; how had I survived that long?

 

I’ve edited my face into the circumstances;  see below.

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lowering the voice

 


nasalization

 


prologation of the voice on a vowel

 
 
 

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I peak through an opening between curtains. I see an audience, but I don’t see a performance.

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I am seated on the floor among audience members. Together we rehearse lines before the curtain.

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The stage is nowhere to be seen. Behind the audience is a threshhold, with a curtain acting as door.

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Unexpectedly, I will be performing before an audience. However, the curtains have been badly placed.

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A dance is performed. In particular, we are speaking of Experimental Workshop #2.

The idea is to engage actively with the background medium in order to draw light upon it, bring it into better focus. We must also conjure the notion of reserving the foreground (whatever is available) for an as-yet unknown quantity. In certain fact, this is the theoretical display of social interaction employed every day by very few. It is about looking amid the shadows, not for the satisfaction of a personality cult, but for the otherwise seeming impossibility of climbing out of those shadows.

We are however intrigued by the near complete obfuscation. These photos are mis-composed, outtakes of such a theoretical demonstration.

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