My performance art piece, Trophallacy, a critique of the win/lose paradigm, premiered on 5/26/2018 to a packed house. Eugene Contemporary Art presented the event and you can find more photos at ECA and Gray Space Project.
I’m developing a version of Trophallacy to place online. Meanwhile, you can listen to an audio clip. This voiceover is a mock drug commercial where I list some of the “side effects” of competition.
Julia Oldham of ECA documented the performance, and I’ve learned a lot from reviewing that video.
Yet documentation of the experience is not the experience.
After months of planning, plotting and prodding the piece into existence, it is now filtered through the mind and memory of those present. Like coffee, the bean is now the buzz.
While I should be able to write more about the premiere, being a writer and all, I’ve scrapped several corny attempts and turn instead to the wisdom of this quote:
(Substitute “performance art” for “lectures.”)
“Turning lectures into permanent print can be a tricky business. How far do you stand back, re-think and polish the argument? How far do you try to keep the spirit, maybe the rough edges of the moment they were delivered?”
-Mary Beard, Women and Power
Rough edges, spirit, and the moment they were delivered are really one in the same; that’s the very heart of performance art.
People laughed and a few shed tears. I heard some whoop. I saw faces in the crowd with eyes wide and mouth open. How great is that?
Extra Large Thanks to:
- Everyone who showed up!
- Eugene Contemporary Art, directed by Courtney Stubbert and Julia Oldham, for bringing contemporary art to our community with discernment, generosity and hours of volunteer work.
- Sunny Selby and Tobin Johnston, who created the remarkable video component.
- Thaddeus Moore of Sprout City Studios, audio engineer for the voiceover component.
- The Barn Light and Slightly Coffee owners for providing the space.
- My fellow artists of Gray Space Project for the impetus, uplift and Eugene’s very first Tailgate Party for Art. We flew our flags!
The Trophallacy trophy, Vicki Amorose, 2018. Found object, rose thorns, metal. Photo by Sunny Selby.