Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Staging citizenship : cultural rights in the Americas(7th : 2009 : Bogotá, Colombia). , Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Phobophilia, arousal from fear (edited clip)
Alternate Title: Phobophilia, excitación a partir del miedo (clip editado)
Date: 2009 Aug. 26
Location: Performed at the Ed. León de Greiff, in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 26, 2009, as part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Work Type: Performance., Video/action on art and politics.
Gray Wetzler, videographer.
Stephen Lawson, Aaron Pollard, performers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:15:03
Language: In English. English
Synopsis: 'Phobophilia, arousal from fear,' by Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard of, was presented as a part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the title 'Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.' This 10-day event brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship. In this performance, a small number of spectators are blindfolded and led to a secret location to witness a peculiar interrogation. 'Phobophilia' poses the question: What is the role of the poet in an age characterized by fear? This edited version offers additional material that follows the audience's walk towards the performance - a path that leads them to the experience of darkness and fear; a path that perhaps never ends. The performance, inspired by the life and art of Jean Cocteau, explores the relationship between artist and audience, and the negotiations established upon a sensation of fear that can be mesmerizing. This negotation also exists within the artistic practice: the performer's physical body interacts with a video projection of himself - a miniature that is both vulnerable and powerful. is a transdisciplinary duo from Montreal, Canada composed by Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard (also notoriously known in some circles as alter egos Gigi L’Amour and Pipi Douleur). They have created a wide repertoire of epic multimedia cabaret works, performances, videos, and installations.
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