Rehearsal for an Endurance Performance of the S.C.U.M. Manifesto in “C” Major, is a nine projector video and sound installation staged in the Nora Vaughn Auditorium of the Ontario College of Art and Design as part for the OCAD 2012 Nuit Blanche Exhibition. The genesis of the installation began with a recording of me singing a passage of the S.C.U.M. Manifesto (written by Valerie Solanas in 1968) to the ukulele, the recording was then filled out and arranged by musicians Sarena Sairan and Susan Gale with the accompaniment of a full choir. The sound track was the foundation of the video performances, in which the musicians, rehearsed and performed the music in three loops. The players remained the same, but each time their performances changed, helping to blur the line between rehearsal and performance. The projections were placed in the stands of an auditorium, the figures separate and distinct, but the surface the images were projected on, reflected the images onto the large wall in front of the stands, blurring the images together, making them huge and imposing. The effect was to play with the notion of who is “on stage”, whose voice has authority, turning the audience member to look into the seats to watch the performance. It seemed fitting to bring the words of radical feminist Valerie Solanas into an institution and to grant her words total authority within the space.
More photos of the installation can be seen on my flickr site
The installation was curated by Lisa Myers.
A huge thank you to Jeff Zoeller and the team at OCAD U for the opportunity and support with the installation.
Thank you also to Dwayne Brown at Westbury National Show Systems Ltd.