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Body Fluid I (After NJP) & Body Fluid II

2011

 


Project Details
Body Fluid I (After NJP)
Live Performance, Multi-Channel Video Installation, Objects, 2011

In Body Fluid I (After NJP), Douglas transformed the Cube at the Oxford Art Factory into a golden chamber, creating a live art interpretation of seminal Korean video artist Nam Jun Paik’s 1974 installation titled TV Buddha. Douglas, as a golden Buddha-like figure,  performed choreographed movements while connected to a peritoneal dialysis machine, a real-life action he must perform every day to stay alive.  The 10 hour durational performance was displayed live on a TV monitor within the space, providing a site specific visual sanctuary of healing while also paying tribute to the memory of NJP.

Body Fluid II
Performance Installation, 3-Channel video sculpture with sound, 2011.

John A Douglas completes a live durational 10 hour choreographed performance while connected to a peritoneal dialysis machine. A response to the monotony of the daily life support treatment that he undergoes everyday, the work incorporates videos of mediated performative actions in the Australian landscape. Through the performance, John A Douglas’ treatment becomes sublimely transformed, highlighting the fragility of life and the interconnectedness between the living body and the environment.

Body Fluid is an ongoing art project consisting of multiple exhibitions and live performance.

Production Credits
Body Fluid I (After NJP)

John A Douglas: Performer, Installation materials and props, Installation and Lighting Design, Video & Sound editing

Melanie Ryan: Video Camera Documentation, Digital Stills Documentation

Matt Cuneo: Sound Recordist

Sue Healy: Performance Coach

Thanks to Mark Gerber and Oxford Art Factory.

This performance formed part of the FreeFall at Oxford Art Factory program in 2011, curated by John A Douglas.

Body Fluid II

John A Douglas: Performer, Installation materials and props, Installation and Lighting Design, Sound Design, Video Editing

Kristian Haggblom: HD Video Camera

Alex Kershaw: Video Documentation, Digital Stills Documentation

Melanie Ryan: HD Video Camera, Video Documentation, Digital Stills

Lena Obergfell: Production Stills

Matt Cuneo: Sound Recordist

Sue Healy: Performance Coach

Richard Manner: Production Manager and Technician, Installation and Lighting Design

Aaron Clarke: Production Manager and Technician.

Thanks to Bec Dean and Performance Space.

Human organ specimens courtesy of The Museum of Human Disease, School of Medicine, UNSW.

Portions of the work were outcomes from an artist residency at Fraser Studios in 2011.