One-off Performances and commissions.
‘No Flying Tonight’
Made for ‘Breza Festival, Osijek. Croatia’ and then also performed on two other occasions.
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The performer is placed within the fabric of an elastic white net 10 metres squared.
Each corner is anchored to an elastic rope tied-off above the level of the performer’s head.
Inside the net the performer is naked but for a tatty pair of fairy wings; his eyes and armpits are smudged in red. He has a small red umbrella.
‘If I Want to Drown, That’s My Business’
A man underwater held upright by a giant jellyfish.
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The performer’s upper body, wearing just an Elizabethan neck-ruff, emerges from the centre of collaged seascape.
The performance is marked by the continuous tears of the drowned man.
An interactive performance made for the opening of a photographic exhibition of work by Sergio Smerieri in Milan and repeated for ‘Poesia Festival’, Emilia Romagna 2010.
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At the poetry festival, all members of the audience wrote a favourite word or phrase on the performer’s body as they entered the auditorium, after which the performer was on stage throughout that particular reading.
Channing stands on a slowly revolving plinth and, apart from his graffiti covered body, is naked but for a pair of 1950’s Y-front underpants.
Untitled (Silence of the Lambs).
A performance based on the Jamie ‘Buffalo Bill’ Gump character in the novel Silence of the Lambs who murders women and then skins them, sewing together pieces of skin to make himself a suit.
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Hanging above the performer is a washing line on which are pegged pieces of skin from various body parts, all made of latex (breasts, buttocks, genitalia or both sexes, stomach, scalp, face and generalised squares of skin).
There is a full length mirror and hundreds of pieces of white sticking plaster.
The performance consists of trying out the body parts in various combinations and not strictly in anatomically correct positioning.
Between trials the parts are all removed but the old bits of sticking plaster always remain.
Performance commission by the Benozzo Gozzoli Museum, Castelfiorentino (province of Florence).
A living sinopia placed in a Gozzoli Tabernacle and reliving the emotions of his life story over the course of a day.