YO OBSOLETE

Ground level, two mystical objects confront each other. On the left we have the pink melodica and on the right we have the pink remote control car. We have the bright pink ribbon in the back leaving a trace of color behind.
Ground level, two mystical objects confront each other. On the left we have the pink melodica and on the right we have the pink remote control car. We have the bright pink ribbon in the back leaving a trace of color behind.
I am holding a microphone in my hand. The pink hoodie covers my face. I'm reciting poetry, my mouth is Almost-almosT-ALMOST-open.
I am holding a microphone in my hand. The pink hoodie covers my face. I’m reciting poetry, my mouth is Almost-almosT-ALMOST-open.
I am wearing the pink remote control car on my head as a crown. I've become a mythological creature. In the background the audience admires my kingdom with bewilderment.
I am wearing the pink remote control car on my head as a crown. I’ve become a mythological creature. In the background the audience admires my kingdom with bewilderment.
Music for the soul. I do not know how to play the melodica but that doesn't stop me from composing a soundscape for my memories.
Music for the soul. I do not know how to play the melodica but that doesn’t stop me from composing a soundscape for my memories.
Portrait of my inner child and myself. I hold the pink car with my hands. One of the wheels broke during the performance. Sadness and acceptance invades me. Changes in matter do not modify the essence or identity of things.
Portrait of my inner child and myself. I hold the pink car with my hands. One of the wheels broke during the performance. Sadness and acceptance invades me. Changes in matter do not modify the essence or identity of things.

Childhood memories intertwined with intergenerational trauma. Escapism from reality to worlds of fantasy and symbolism. Parallels between the mystical and embodied experiences. YO OBSOLETE meditates on imagination as a survival mechanism.

The performance navigates through altered states of consciousness, reaching deep levels of ancestral memory embodied in the form of poetry, songs, movement, installation and story telling.

YO OBSOLETE is part of the series “Memories of a disabled child: the real, the imaginary and the misunderstood”.

Photo credit: Walter Wlodarczyk

Courtesy of The Immigrants Artist Biennial

COSTUME DESCRIPTION


Christopher wears a pink, satin overhead hoodie, with a shiny and smooth surface. Underneath, he wears red pajamas. The hoodie is decorated with painted images that resemble pop art, such as yellow, pink, blue and red flowers; a green skull with stitched red flowers; a banana; an alien octopus painted red; a green robot and several green fish. Various pet toys are sewn or glued to the hoodie such as rubber ducks, teddy bears, and a green dice.

INSTALLATION DESCRIPTION


A pink ribbon is used to demarcate the square-shaped space where the performance takes place. Some of the objects used during the performance are a broken remote control car painted pink and decorated with stickers, a pink melodica, pink boxing gloves, plastic baby dolls, drawings and old family photographs.

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