Project #2 || Sound & Fluxus Workbook
For the second performance I worked again with Kristal. We were inspired to create our piece after perusing the Fluxus Workbook and coming across a piece titled Lessons by Davi Det Hompson. In which he lists the instructions: Arrange nine crackers on a table. Ask someone to choose the most beautiful cracker from the grouping. Smash the remaining crackers with your fist.” We used this idea to shape our performance but added in a few touches of our own. First, we had Kristal spin in a circle and close her eyes, randomly sopping in front of someone and pointing her finger at them; choosing who the “someone” to choose the crackers would be. We also added in music, specifically the Austin Powers theme song. This gave the performance more of a “gameshow” feel, as members of the audience commented on after the performance. We ended when the music stopped.
What do you feel was most successful?
I really liked how Kristal and I were placed at opposite ends of the table, which I also liked the size of. I felt this was effective - any longer and it wouldn’t have felt the same: intimate and concise.
What would you change?
Maybe the amount of crackers. I felt as though I ran out too quickly and I was starting to just pound on the table.
How did you feel while doing the work?
I felt excited - it was fun smashing the crackers and the Austin Powers music just added to it. However, after awhile the bottom of my hand started to hurt.