Pseudo Studio Walk - Live streaming internet Performance 1998
For Franklin Furnace’s inaugural series of online performances, I want to explore the meaning of “space” in its physical and virtual meanings. I am interested by one representative’s claim that Pseudo Channel’s vast space in downtown Manhattan is really just to impress potential investors and not necessary. I decide to occupy, as well as to feel, this space for the duration of my performance. For 50 minutes, I walk and run in a long oval, changing directions, from and towards the camera. Onto this recorded material, I “drop in” live, stating my name and action. In these early days, the live streaming online performance can only be seen in a very small box a couple of inches long.
Eine Flasche Geht Auf Reisen, B.D.-N.Y.-B.D. - Performance 1998
My performance takes place in a week-long group show about, and in, the town of Bad Dürkheim. In
New York, I have looked for and found a wine from Bad Dürkheim. I buy the wine and bring it with me to its point of origin in Germany. I let the audience, assembled in the union of local wineries, fill out questionnaires: ”What do you think of when you think of New York? What do you think of when you think of Bad Dürkheim?” I collect the answers. In a raffle, I pull three winners to come to the back room and drink this well-travelled bottle of wine with me. This is transmitted via video to the front room, where the rest of the audience drinks local wines (which have not been to New York), and looks at framed photos I took of New York.
NYC Initiation - Performance for two cameras 1996
I have just moved from Germany to the USA. I decide to surrender my lifelong resistance to the American aesthetic rule that a woman’s legs must not have hair on them. (In Germany, hair on legs is considered normal.) I will take the cultural initiation, but I will shave my hairy legs with “Reddi Wip”, not with shaving cream. I take photos of the process with a foot pedal camera remote, and my friend, photographer Michael Chong, also documents the process. Manhattan, where I will be looking for a job soon, can be seen in the distance.
Kohlenhydrate Kochen - Performance with Christian Cordes 1996
Simultaneous performances by 10 artists. My partner and I are dressed in warm coats, caps, and scarves. We cook all carbohydrates that we can think of. We time the appropriate cooking times, and whenever the noodles, mashed potatoes, grits, etc. are ready, we call out the name of the food and pass out portions to the audience. This performance is based in part on my partner’s juvenile diabetes.
Schlagsahne in die Magengrube - Performance 1996
My space is determined by the whipped cream containers (sponsored by the brand) separating me from the audience, the red circle on the floor, and my props. I enter, scream, feed the stuffed animals with whipped cream, hand the audience members little papers asking “What do you do to make the situation better?”, sing, show signs with the words: “You do nothing to make the situation better!”, play with hand puppets, and more. I collect people’s answers, read each one silently, say “Aha!”, spray it with whipped cream, chew it, and spit it out into a bucket. Afterwards, strawberries and whipped cream are served.