How can performance prevent rape?

On-stage performance can help us reimagine what we take for granted. This blog looks at how performance can explore different ways to be a woman or a man, and negotiate relationships that are flexible, fun, and freeing.

I suggest that performance can be used as a tool in rape prevention. I look at how performative methods of rape prevention may build upon and develop other forms of social education that work to end rape, creating possibilites for different ways to engage in intimate relationships.

This blog is a personal, theoretical, and performative exploration of how performance can be used in rape prevention.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bed Art

Sharing a bed is so intimate. Tracey Emin did her bed as art.

Some people have been concerned about me doing a performance in a bed. they say it is too sexually suggestive, too potentially erotic. But I think so many things can and do happen in bed, not just the erotic.
People look so lovely in bed, so cherubic, so relaxed. I love watching people in bed.
Marina Abromovic did some photos of kids in bed. She usually makes risky live performances, like Rhythm O, in which she invited audience members to do whatever they wished to her passive body with a set of given objects. After several hours the performance had to be stopped as the audience ended up forcing Abromovic to hold a loaded gun to her own forehead.
Here's Abromovic's photo of kids in bed

beds and art can be dangerous too

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