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2010:
You Know I Love You, Right?
I Wish I'd Asked
2009:
The Artists' Alphabet #1: The Great Recession
Said Too Much But Not Enough
Calamity Calendar
2008:
I'm Losing You And It's Effortless
Overheard
The Name On the Sign
3 Questions for This Particular Moment
2007:
You Better Watch What You Say
2006:
These Things I Say Out Loud
Speak To Me - Series
Gestures - Series
Over My Head
She's A (Pop Song Lyric)
She's My (Pop Song Lyric)
2005:
Figures of Speech
Dis/Connect
Hello
Risk of Exposure
Interchange 3
16-8-1
3 Performances
2004:
Ask Me Anything
Real Love Stories #2
Real Love Stories #1
Write On This
Interchange 2
Wish You Were Here
2003:
Notice
Hopscotch
Interchange
Four Letter Words
You Have All The Answers
Sounds
Color & Sound
2002:
buy me
dive/awake
2001:
Container

Ask Me Anything // Interactive Performance

/Title of Work/ "Ask Me Anything"
/Medium/ Interactive Performance
/Date/ 2004/2005

The performance of "Ask Me Anything" emphasizes/explores/exposes emotional nakedness rather than physical nakedness. The performance itself is very straightforward: the audience is invited to ask me deeply personal questions of their own devising, which I will be required to answer. No topics are off limits, nothing is too private, crude, invasive, intimate or taboo to be asked of me. It is a short ten to fifteen minute performance (or less.) During this time as many questions as possible will be asked and answered, quickly and without self-protection or prevarication. The audience members will not be given any anonymity in asking their questions - they must come onto the stage with me to ask their question - requiring a bit of nakedness on their part.)

The issue of trust is deeply explored in this setting - as performer I am trusting that the audience will not abuse the power given to it. The audience also has to trust that I will actually answer the questions it poses (and answer them truthfully), and not violate the tacit agreement framed by the performance that I will answer any question posed to me. Can audience members keep their curiosity in check when given the opportunity to probe into my emotional space? Or will they seize the power given to it, and ask invasive, cruel or compromising questions? What about the dynamic amongst the audience itself - will they "pile on" if an invasive trend is set, or resist that impulse?

Performance History:

06/04/05 - Interchange 3.
10/14/04 - Nude Media Night at California Institute of the Arts, curated by Adam Overton.