Processing: Rapid Pulse 2013

I was honored to be included as one of the artists in Chicago’s 2013 Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival run by the phenomenal Defibrillator Gallery. But as happens in life sometimes, I got sidetracked from posting some of the wealth of documentation of the performance. At the time, the piece was unnamed, but in the ensuing months the title Processing has stuck with me (I’m currently working on a piece called Flensing–gerunds have power behind them). And so, here are some of the hundreds of images taken by two talented photographers Arjuna Capulong and Mark Zoetrope.

I also must take a bit of time to thank my two lovely and tough assistants Lauren Wessel and Mara Mayhem for co-performing with skill and grace and only the promise of some cuts of lamb as payment (sigh…performance art…so rewarding but not particularly lucrative).

The performance took place in the windows of the gallery and was a durational piece that unfolded over the course of 6 hours. Almost all of the cuts of lamb got distributed to people who had either claimed them in advance via an Indie GoGo funding campaign or as part of the first-come, first-served giveaway at the end of the night. I made delicious use of any that remained. A number of people sent me images of what they cooked from their chosen cuts, and I need to put together a separate post honoring those collaborations.

And so, here you go:







































Rapid Pulse Breakdown Breakdown (and Livestream!)

Just a quick write up for those of you interested in viewing (actually or virtually) my Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival performance on June 3.

First, you can livestream it here.

Second, it is a loooooong (7 hour) durational performance. I don’t really expect anyone to watch the performance in its entirety (but if you do, please let me know!). If you want to check in periodically, here’s the breakdown of how the lamb breakdown (that’s what fully butchering an animal from the carcass into all the cuts is called in the business) will approximately play out:

Noon to 1, or so: the lamb will be introduced, knives sharpened, materials set up

1 to 4, or so: the lamb will be broken down into what are called the primals–the basic sections from which the smaller cuts are then made

4, or so, to 7: the primals will be broken down into the individual cuts

Then at 7, the gifting of meat art will ensue.

So you can understand what’s going on, here’s a diagram of the primals:


And here’s a diagram of the subsequent cuts (as you can see, there are multiple options–from simple choices such as bone-in or boneless to more complex decisions):


For those of you who are in Chicago, there are plenty of things to do with the festival and in the neighborhood as you check back on the performance (including lots of places to get a bite to eat or something to drink or to do some shopping, including buying boutique butchered products at The Butcher and Larder and getting a tattoo or piercing at Insight).

Kambui Olujimi’s “A Life in Pictures” at the Hub space up the street will be simultaneously happening from 4 to 9.

Indonesian artist Arahmaiani will be giving a talk in the Hub space from 2:30 to 4

Mothergirl will be simultaneously performing “Don’t Sleep, There’s a War Going On” in a nearby public space from 4 to 5:30

And then stay for the two performances following mine in the DFB space behind the Electrodes windows in which I’ll be performing. Andrew Barco’s “Pale Blue Eyes” has a particularly nice synergy with my work as it also works with carving but in an entirely different way.