Fern 07

(2007) Performance (with Jessie Buchanan), Edinburgh.



The performative ritualising of viewer-participants by a male-and-female pair of artists… or are they merely manifestations of gender-splitting liminality.


A character of the artist-as-gangster, confidence-trickster, dealer in deathly dismissal is raised and thrown into. They bark, bounce balls off the wall, dance before and with their dog, the ‘other’ character from the previous work ‘Fern 04’. Outside the room’s window, bigger ears attend


Musicality introduces another canine and a vocative frame, if complaint, a puncturing score withing the wordless aggression, turning it to intimacy and playfulness, bounding training in deferential devotion.


Yet within the liminality, which will in the end become an opening itself – an opening-as-end rather than as opening-as-beginning – with sacramental wine and sweet-bread-meat (for that is what dogs prefer, whether coming or going), a transition is effected.

GRAHAM MAULE


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