HALFLIFE

(2014)
Laser-cut, fluorescent powder-coated steel, wood, blue/violet LED light, UV light
Variable dimensions

Premised on contagion, 100 volunteer performers are equipped with “viral” sculptural helmets, and accompanied by “technicians” who directly engage with 10,000 festivalgoers by swabbing them with an invisible fluid that “tests positive” in the presence of ultra-violet light. This work culminated in a mass “quarantine” at Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall.

The performance debuted at the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Ontario in October of 2014. Commissioned by the City of Toronto, the piece was curated by Heather Pesanti for the PERFORMANCE ANXIETY exhibition.

SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE  presents PERFORMANCE ANXIETY: HALFLIFE

PERFORMANCE ANXIETY, curated by Heather Pesanti

The New York Times
International Edition – Tuesday, December 6, 2016