Per­for­mance, 2009

curat­ed by Katie Bach­n­er for Johans­son Projects, Oak­land, CA

„Cocoon – The Pos­si­bil­i­ty of Birth“ is a one-hour per­for­mance. A man in a busi­ness suit arrives with a strange object, undress­es and crawls inside. Cut off from the envi­ron­ment and from social inter­ac­tion, he’s like the shape­less, frag­ile lar­vae of a but­ter­fly – or moth. Through the cocoon we can hard­ly see what’s hap­pen­ing inside. We see lights, hear strange nois­es, son­ic feed­back and vocal frag­ments. It’s a strug­gle. But the iso­la­tion of the cocoon becomes unbear­able and suf­fo­cat­ing. Then, a meta­mor­pho­sis occurs: slow­ly, the cocoon breaks open, paint sprays out, cov­ers audi­ence and cocoon. A fresh­ly hatched artist emerges.

– All Pho­tos by Antho­ny Kurtz