4 Hour Durational Performance, Endurance Vocalization
The Terminal Sales Building, 3rd flr, 1st ave, Seattle Wa
May 1st, Sunday, during the May Day Protest, 2016
"I'm the vestal priestess of a secret I have forgotten. And I serve the forgotten danger. I found out something I could not understand, my lips were sealed, and all I've got are incomprehensible fragments of a ritual." - Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
Twelve artists, three Prime Movers Jessa Carter, Jillayne Hunter, KB Thomas. The event was unadvertised, guests received invitations by mail. Forty-three guests attended.
Guests arrived in the lobby and were met by an eight-year-old girl who took them four at a time to the 3rd floor by elevator. All phones where taken from guests, placed in bio hazard bags, secured in woven baskets behind glass cases and guarded all evening. Garbs for guests to dawn before they entered the space were hand-dyed with madder root, indigo, turmeric, and alkanet root.
A cellist wearing a kombucha mother mask played unrehearsed as the guests entered. On the alter table covered by two parachutes were twenty hand-thrown vessels with glazed red interiors filled with plant and animal (blue yogurt) offerings. Only fresh spring rolls were served to the guests. Three women prime movers sat covering themselves with rice paper, dried petals, and tea. They drank champaign while the guests where sober. Five vocalists jumped on trampolines while they emitted four hours of improvised wordless chorus. Six parakeets scented with Rose Otto, Violet, Coffee Bean, Tuberose Absolute, Rhododendron Leaf, Seaweed Absolute, Basil Absolute, and Lemongrass on their wings moved freely around the space. One blue man lit one-hundred-and-eighty-nine candles as the sun set. The ceramisists’ six-year-old daughter tap danced with no musical accompaniment. The prime movers were garbed. The ceramisist undressed.The prime movers made her into a monument, covered her in Plaster of Paris. She was bathed in the unclean water in a claw foot tub in the center of the room. The prime movers broke every vessel on the alter table except three.
The guests were left with no image of their own to remember it by.
Themes embedded in the work and it's process : understanding as the revelation of incomprehension, facades of civility, roles, fables, mythos, ceremony, animus mundi, restrained digital image consumption, image haves and image have-nots, diachronic still image narratives, past present and future in conversation, time as a circle, reconstruction of reality by group / individual transmutation, transiency, channeled arcane half-memories of other lives and concurrent realities, further embodiment of a matriarchal shift.
Kodak Portra 400 Still Images, Digital Still Images and Polaroid Still Images by Jessa Carter, kb Thomason, Jillayne Hunter, Christopher Williams, and Sohail Fazluddin. VHS footage by Lucien Pellegrin.
Performers : Ria Leigh, Ari Leigh, Alan Sutherland, Michele Andrews, Azure Andrews, Sam Anderson, Lucien Pellegrin, Zachary Self, Jennifer Hotes, Hanna Yohannes, Connor Goulding, Isabella Du Graf, Aarin Wright, Olisa Enrico, Daniel Blue.
Special Thanks to: Laura Cassidy, Jill Donnelly, Todd Shwayder