Music by ABEARICA, for a performance by Holly Faurot & Sarah H. Paulson
English Kills Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
November 12, 2011
The 3-hour performance began with the performers guiding pieces of hay between their lips. The movement then dispersed and Sarah H. Paulson laid on the floor as Gavin Kenyon chopped off her hair. Holly Faurot sat beside them, holding a video monitor which displayed Ruth Lauer-Manenti brushing Faurot’s hair in a grooming ritual.
Further back in the space, Stephanie Waddell and Daniel Jacobs mimicked the movements of Lauer-Manenti displayed on different video monitors. Meanwhile, an acupuncture treatment with Angela Vitacolonna and Arabella Kauffmann, conducted by Laura Barnard Stelmok, took place in an adjacent room.
The performance concluded with an act of endurance during which Paulson repeatedly lifted and released Faurot’s body. When all physical strength was lost, Stelmok re-entered the room and drove a stake through Paulson and then through Faurot into the concrete floor.
The first 2-hours of music was composed by ABEARICA. The final hour of music was performed live by Anthony Austin and Lucas Van Lenten.
Released 27 March 2012
The performance was written and directed by
Holly Faurot and Sarah H. Paulson
Video Appearance – Holly Faurot and Ruth Lauer-Manenti
Performers – Laura Barnard Stelmok, Holly Faurot, Daniel Jacobs, Arabella Kauffmann, Gavin Kenyon, Sarah H. Paulson, Angela Vitacolonna and Stephanie Waddell
Music for part I & II was MADE IN ABEARICA
Music for part III was written by Anthony Austin and Lucas Van Lenten
Mastered by Devin Ocampo at Treehouse Studios
Art Direction was MADE IN ABEARICA
Art Production & Photography by Emily Poole