The Nineteen Sixties (2011)

...He rises and stretches. Seated on the wide, flat expanse of the wooden floor he grips one foot then the other, arcs his spine rolls his neck and thinks:

Antimony, arsenic, aluminium, selenium,
hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, rhenium, 
nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium, 
iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium

Then there’s breakfast which he drinks and eats...


The Nineteen Sixties is a ten minute monologue and photographic series that responds the distance created by documentation of Yvonne Rainer’s evening length work The Mind is A Muscle. Selectively working from the incongruous records that exist of the event, the performance entangles disparate elements of autobiography and other cultural residue to propose an subjective historiographic process that negotiates a defining moment in the history of performance art.


Performance transcript (PDF)