Body Fluid II (Redux)
Body Fluid II (Redux)
HD 1080p three-channel video with sound, polystyrene, timber, gold leaf, tatami, peritoneal dialysis machine, stainless steel trolley.
Body Fluid II (Redux) is a performance and video installation in which John A Douglas transcends the monotony of his daily dialysis treatment via a ten-hour movement score.
Over the seven cycles of his peritoneal dialysis treatment, Douglas’ actions slowly evolve, eloquently expressing social isolation, fatigue and entrapment. Exploring the tensions between illness and recovery, life’s fragility and death, and the interconnectedness of all living things, the performance is oddly meditative, offering visitors an opportunity to reflect on their mortality and to experience the exhibition space as a place for healing and quiet contemplation.
This 10-hour performance is comprised of seven cycles of roughly 85 minutes. Each cycle is set by the dialysis machine:
1. Awakening: 10:00
2. Orbit: 11:25
3. Herculeum 12:50
4. Waltz : 14:15
5. Burden: 15:40
6. Exhaustion: 17:05
7. Rejuvenate: 18:30
The audience is invited to spend as little or as much time as they wish and may contemplate any illness or death in their own life.
Commissioned by Performance Space for ISEA 2013 and first exhibited at Performance Space, Carriageworks,NSW, 2013
The opening night featured a collaborative performance intervention with artist David Capra.
Performer: John A Douglas
Opening Night Performance Intervention: David Capra
Cameras: John A Douglas, Kristian Haggblom, Lena Obergfell, Alejandro Rolandi, Melanie Ryan.
Sound Recordist: John A Douglas, Matt Cuneo
Soundscapes and sound design: John A Douglas, Naomi Oliver.
Samples from: Thomas Koner, Toru Takemitsu, Gyorgy Sviridov, Soviet space radio broadcasts, Stephan Mathieu, Debra Petrovich.
Movement Coach and movement score development: Sue Healey.
Riggers: Alejandro Rolandi, Mark Mitchell.
Special thanks to Su Goldfish, School of Arts and Media, UNSW and to Bec Dean, Performance Space.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.