I invited three performers to shave my hair. It read well on stage as some DIY surgery. I wanted a simple task while I sang. Something associated with a soldier, which is someone I tend to perform and investigate often. They are worker, martyr yet proud. It was fun to have very minimal dance too in a lip sinc show. I rolled my stomach and swayed only the arm nearest to the audience in profile. Occasionally, I got away with moving my head to give a side-eye look to the audience. But the woman in the ski mask would push my head back into place and kept a strong hold. I wanted it to look aggressive. A visible power dynamic. Seemingly oppressive but voluntary.
I stayed in profile majority of the song. I turned my body and faced the opposite direction to show the buzzed side for the last seconds of it. Afterward, someone told me it reminded them of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece.
This is a promotional trailer for the RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL 2014 with images from the participating LIVE artists. More information at RAPIDPULSE.org
Antibody Corporation photo: Zhuo-Yun-Chen Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn photo: Courtesy of Artist Anna Brown photo: Courtesy of Artist Diana daf Collazos photo: Julio Pantoja Alison Crocetta & Peter Reese photo: Courtesy of Artist Diaz Lewis photo: Cara Lewis Disorientalism photo: Monica Ruzansky Espand photo: Zhuo-Yun-Chen Linda Hesh photo: Courtesy of Artist Lai Thi Dieu Ha photo: Jenny K. Dang Jason Lim photo: Courtesy of Artist Alastair MacLennan!photo: Courtesy of Artist Carlos Martiel photo: Alex Barber Mikey McParlane photo: Courtesy of Artist Teoma Naccarato photo: Courtesy of Artist Kira O’Reilly photo: Jason Cawood Freya Björg Olafson photo: Hugh Conacher Matthew Prest photo: Lovis Ostenrik Raquel Punto photo: ENRIQUE Boryana Rossa photo: ULTRAFUTURO Michal Samama photo: Vela Phelan Sandrine Schaefer photo: Daniel S. DeLuca Manuel Vason photo: Courtesy of Artist Julie Vulcan photo: AnAWojak
RAPID PULSE is made possible with support from The British Council, Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Society for Arts, Holiday Jones, and Nightingale. Defibrillator is partially supported by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The annual DFBRL8R BAZAAR is going on NOW. We have a ton of cool shit. This amazing sale ends at 6PM SUN 03 MAY. Come check it out. Proceeds go to housing and food for visiting artists : http://dfbrl8r.org/exhibit/bazaar-rummage
“Auto Body” performed by Eryka Dellenbach, January 23rd, 2016, as part of “RESUSCITATE: a five year anniversary celebration” at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, IL. Choreography and music by Adam Rose. Video documentation by April Lynn. Antibody Corporation, 2010 + 2016.
Three different actions according to audience interaction. The top is a lip sync of a ballad by Gloria Trevi where I would burst into tears. This was prompted if every audience member had their attention on Lucha Clara in the opposite window. The second is a repetitive gesture prompted by anyone who gave me direct eye contact with a flirtatious attitude. I would bounce the head of a male barbie off my tongue while maintaining a stare until the person looked away or walked into the gallery. The last gesture, I morphed fake roses into guns. The firing of the gun was loud, crude, and with a sexual motion similar to a hand job. This was prompted when anyone took a photo.
Photo credits from top to bottom: Allen Johnson, Paul Germanos, and courtesy of Defibrillator Gallery
Last push for our fundraising campaign to raise money for renovations at our new location on Chicago Avenue. If you can manage a contribution it would HELP US OUT A LOT. We’re down to the wire! Our grand re-opening is SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY with a solo show by VERONIKA MERKLEIN (Germany/Austria) called FAT PIG. More to come…