Material: 50 meters of black satin double sided berisfold 7 mm width ribbon, 1 pair of large scissors per participant, uniformed neutral monochromatic clothing or nudity, 1 small suitcase per participant.
Action: (following a workshop on breath, projection of Self and trance) participants enter an agreed space at a set time, wrap their heads in ribbon, find their centre, breathe and then cut themselves free (avoiding any self harm) and then exit the space without acknowledgement. Ribbon may be left or removed with respect to the environment.
This is a disseminative action that may be reproduced with prior permission by anyone. It offers the reciprocal enactment of self portrait of Thomas John Bacon with each participant, acknowledging how each individual brings something distinctively different to the presence of an image and its perception. It thereby facilitates a visual representation of the multiplicity of Self/s that he proposes exists within each of us, while creating a portrait for the performance artist that works through action.
With sincere thanks, 2013 saw this work facilitated by MPA in Berlin, Germany and HFWAS in Birmingham, UK. 2015 saw the work hosted by Panoply Performance Laboratory in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. If you would like to facilitate this action please contact Thomas John Bacon.
Berlin participants: Taylor Ayling, Daniel Holmes, Thomas Newton, and Thomas John Bacon
Birmingham participants: Alastair Flindall, Sarah Fortes-Mayer, Rebecca Homer, Loretta Hope, John Kadens, Suze de Lee, Khembi Maynard, Andy Miller, Hannah Millest, Emilia Moniszko, Tom Newton, Kimvi Nguyen, Jodie Laura Ollis, Rachel Parry, Nadine Paige Riley, Helena Sands, Alvin Tran, Jade Williams, Samantha Williams, and Thomas John Bacon.
Brooklyn Participants: Julia Cavagna, Angela Frieberger, Audry Celeste Worster, Butch Merigone and Thomas John Bacon