Or, Another Packed House. Or, The Hours, They Flew By.
Strap yourselves in and crack open the booze because, yes, once again, I bring you jewels from the world of performance art. Specifically, the deeply melodious, mind-shattering creations of Ms Eames Armstrong, whose collaboration with Matthew Ryan Rossetti and a being named Kunj was happily captured on film for all of future time. Said performance, titled Through Bush, Through Briar, was recorded at the Atlantis Gallery, Richmond, VA., in November 2014. Regarding Ms Armstrong’s piece and her aesthetic practice in general, we’re told,
I am not an entertainer.
I perform actions that reflect and complicate everyday life… I challenge preconceptions of performance, destabilising visibility and invisibility.
Naturally, Ms Armstrong is also,
You see, she’s
shifting our perception of the world.
This feat is achieved by means of,
Oral fruit play… binding breasts in tape… kissing with black lipstick… spitting in your mouth… having visions of the underworld.
And if further intellectual heft is needed,
Through Bush, Through Briar is loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As will no doubt become clear in the following video of highlights from the hour-long performance:
As you can see, the audience is both vast and spellbound. And no, I’m not unlocking the doors until you’ve watched the whole thing. Do let me know if your perception of the world has been shifted by the destabilising of visibility and transgressing of conventions.