Friday, March 27, 2009

I'm Your Pusher

This is an edited video of the performance Carol and I did during the opening reception of the Queens International 4 at the Queens Museum. The piece lasted 15 minutes and consisted of me pushing Carol for the duration of the performance.

Our performance work has been dealing with the negotiation of relationship and space and the tensions that accompany sharing close quarters. This particular work has the stronger performer dominating the other by pushing relentlessly and never allowing the smaller performer a chance to recuperate.

I really felt like a jerk while we were doing the performance and I even had a spectator tell me that it should have ended with Carol socking me in the nose. With a comment like that I think the piece must have made an impression and it was confirmed when we had someone come up to us at PS1 a few weeks after the performance and ask we were the ones who did the performance at the Queens Museum and we responded yes. I then added that I my chest was covered with bruises the next day and his response was "good, you deserved it"