Performance for the End of Season Party of Enclave de Acción Performance Meeting. 21st June, 2013. Granada.
This performance is a formal exercise, a game or experiment that utilizes a classic element in the world of performance art: tape (or more specifically, masking tape). This material has been used in countless performances by artists of all ages, generations and geographies. In most cases tape is used as a ‘tool’ to hold objects together or to attach them to the body of the artist.
In this homage performance, the tape acts as the protagonist and is the basis on which the performance is built. The performance is structured in two parts: First, I sit on the floor with my back against the wall and legs outstretched. I outline my silhouette using the masking tape. Then, I extend the line of the masking tape all around the room. I stand with my back to the wall and attach my body to the wall using strips of the tape, working from the ankles up. Two audience members offer to help me stick my body against the wall. When they finish, I let my body fall forward, detaching myself from the wall and falling onto the floor.
In the last part of the performance, I approach the public and join myself to them using the pieces of tape that are stuck to my body, and rolls of tape that I give to the audience.
Several days later, I made a version of this performance in an unusual environment where performance is not typically experienced. I participated in a meeting on Childhood Education at the Centre for Teachers’s Training of Granada (CEP), where I did short performances interrupting workshops and talks that were taking place. The idea was to create a situation in which something unforeseen or even absurd might occur.