Performance by Owen Parry, 2011
Photo: Maarten Kipp, Cruising for Art by Brian Lobel
Cruising for Art by Brian Lobel, Psi Utrecht, The Netherlands (May 2011)
Cruising for Art, Vogue Fabrics, London (9 Dec 2011)
Cruising for Art, Basement, Brighton (10 Dec 2011)
Live Art Dogging, Reactor Halls, Nottingham (Jan 2013)
In Between Time, Cruising for Art, Bristol (Feb 2013)
ANTI Festival, Kuopio, Finland, (Sept 2013)
Nuit Blanche, Brussels, Belgium (Oct 2013)
In her last book before she died Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick made a case for Touching Feeling... this performance is another one.
Despite its reputation for creating intimate and confessional encounters, what is now widely refered to as 'one on one performance' either seems to be championed for its potential to create 'real' encounters between performer/spectator, or in other instances it is limited to comparisons with models of exchange in the service industry. But what about the more sleazy and illegitimate operations at stake in the performer-participant transaction?
Motivated by tasteless vulgarity - a cheap thrill even, this performance dares to give up on any valuable attempt at creating a meaningful experience, and in doing so may even risks giving up on performance itself.
Touching Feeling is an adapted version of an earlier piece 'Performance for a Stranger' developed in 2005
All work Owen G Parry © 2011