"Missing you like candy"
Performance Video & Images
*This piece was selected and developed for the format of the Low Lives 4: Networked Performance Festival, in which 5-minute performances by artists from around the world were streamed back-to-back online.
The glitchy web version of our performance can be watched here.
This documentation shows the half of the performance that I conceived of, the other being Kara's conception--we do however occupy the same physical space, assist in each other's performances, and subtly transition from one piece to the next.
The performance is based on the idea that things turned out very differently (both for the country, and in my own life) from what was expected by the generation of the 80s and 90s. It is also about our collective relationship with media, and what I see as an increasing desire to become even more connected to it, physically and psychologically.
On a personal level, I treated the television both as a precarious outgrowth of myself--one that I had to soothe and appease, in a visual language reminiscent of Beuys' How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare--and as an object of sexual desire--one that increased as the physical pain of holding the television grew more intense.
I think that massive doses of Videodrome signal will ultimately create a new outgrowth of the human brain, which will produce and control hallucination to the point that it will change human reality. After all, there is nothing real outside our perception of reality, is there?
- David Cronenburg's Videodrome