ARE YOU READY, BRUCE?

PERFORMANCE ART SOCIETY

This was the first public performance by the newly founded company Performance Art Society. The company consists of myself, performance artist Pilvi Porkola and our sons Ilari Laitinen (11 years) and Anton (10 years). It started from the interest into performance art shared by the adults and the kids. The adults were interested in performance as a pedagogical tool, the kids wanted to have fun while making wild performances.

We have had two methods: historical and material. For the historical, we have studied together the history of performance art and chosen pieces that inspire us, and done remakes of them. The name of the performance is borrowed from Chris Burden’s classic performance Shoot. For the material, we have intuitively brought different materials to the studio and started working with them; for example legos, bananas, toilet paper, balls, stuffed animals and so on.

Are you ready, Bruce? was performed twice in Helsinki in the spring of 2014: on the 27th of April at Esitystaiteen markkinat and on the 17th of May at Eskus Demonights.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Antti Ahonen

 

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