Wet n' Wild: A Baptism, 2014

No-Lesque Performance Series
The Slipper Room, New York
10 minutes

In a ritualistic and repetitive short-term drowning, I hold my breath with my head submerged in a clear bucket of water for as long as possible. Whenever I come up for air, I force myself to hyperventilate and not breathe regularly.

While submerged, a soundtrack of women choking replaces the sound my breathing, as if flipping a switch back and forth: eyes open, face frozen underwater with asphyxiation noises booming over the speakers, then me forcefully gasping for breath. This cycle repeats for the duration of the performance.

Photo by Antoine Lutens