Wet n' Wild: A Baptism, 2014
No-Lesque Performance Series
The Slipper Room, New York, NY
I engage in ritualistic and repetitive short-term drowning, holding my breath with my head submerged in a clear bucket of water for as long as possible. Whenever I come up for air, I am only allowed to hyperventilate, not breathe regularly.
When my head is underwater, audio from “facial abuse” porn—in which women gag on penises and moan unintelligibly—is played in the background. A decontextualized soundtrack of women choking is juxtaposed with real-time live performance as if flipping a switch back and forth: eyes open, face frozen underwater with rough oral sex noises booming over the speakers, then me forcefully gasping for breath.
This repeats for 10 minutes.
Photo by Antoine Lutens. Rehearsal video by Leah Aron