Late last week, I received the good news that footage from “Sustaintability” – a 2014 Drive By Drag performance in Pittsburgh, PA – will be part of “Outside the White Cube,” an outdoors exhibit in Manila, Philippines.
Public Interrogation: Outside the White Cube is an alternative, traveling, curatorial project that features image-based works across different disciplines and media by emerging artists whose works discuss the notion of the “public” and its complexities.
From the project’s catalogue
A nasty little portmanteau, “Sustaintability” was a gentle exercise in performance recycling. Following our usual M.O., we lipsynched various songs as they blasted out of a boombox, decked out in our most bewildering garb. In this case, Veronica took on the look of a Captain Planet minor character (“The Super Fruit”?) while I donned stained, ripped, and otherwise damaged goods which were no longer useful to me. The songs we performed were truly, as Veronica’s mom might say, “old hat.”
The performance took us through a small patch of East Liberty and a smaller patch of the South Side. Given the greyness of Pittsburgh winter, the splash of color we provided seemed to provoke more audience participation than usual. Dancing, posing for the camera, high-kicking, and singing along, these Pittsburghers going about their ‘burgh business helped us break through the winter slush and find littered remains of fall and summer before.
“Outside the White Cube” runs through December 31, 2015.