PREPARING FOR CONSUMPTION
A performance by Jody Wood
December 3rd, 2011
Rivington Design House is pleased to present new work by performance artist Jody Wood. Preparing for Consumption contrasts the social nuances of communal eating with the numbing rituals of mourning. Through drawn out, sluggish movements, intermixed with tender and sincere audio recordings, Wood addresses the culture of trauma head on through an exploration of it’s adversary, the body/spirit relationship.
Performers slowed their movements and speech to quarter speed, creating a heightened awareness of minute gestures. Audio recordings of couples in long-term relationships speaking about their personal memories and thoughts on the subject of death were installed in the public space outside the gallery. Visitors were invited to move inside and outside of the gallery space at will throughout the duration of the performance.
With performers: Shantell Cargle, Lucia Cousins, Denis Jasavic, Birgit Larson, Leoties Paredes, Alberto Cortes, and Kristen Olds