From To: email performances

Jul 1 — 31, 2021
Field:

Performance

Location:

Email

Description:

“From To: email performances” (2021) are a series of performances staged by Brian Fuata during his residency at Western Front. Since 2012, Fuata has been producing “email performances” as a new form of mail art. In these performances, Fuata appropriates the everyday format of the email as the site for an event. The body of the email becomes the stage, the scroll bar the rise and fall of a curtain, and the to: and bcc: fields rows for audience members to be seated with varying proximity and sight lines to the action. Through these performances, Fuata brings together fragmentary references to trace an affective network of artistic communities, friends, and institutions.

Western Front audiences were invited to participate in a series of Fuata’s email performances during his residency. By selecting the to: field, participants agreed that they may be called to the stage and will be visible via name and email address to all audience members. Those who selected the bcc: field remained out of the cast of the theatrical light.

List of performances:

July 5: AN EMAIL PERFORMANCE OF A DRAFT / A DRAFT IS IT ~ to a stage set for impulse

July 7: AN EMAIL PERFORMANCE ~ A TYPO ESPIRIT STAYS PUT

July 13: HUM TO DO NO HARM: AN EMAIL PERFORMANCE OF APPARITIONAL HANDS

July 18: HANDS IN SIDE SOLID MANIFEST APPARITION BETWEEN 24 TURTLE ISLAND / 25 AUGUST SO CALLED AUSTRALIA

July 19: AN INTERMISSION HUMMED: apparitional charlatan minor appearances {an email performance with dean cross}

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