Victoria Stanton

[Video Still from Roadside Attractions, Carleton, 2008]

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Roadside Attractions, 2009

Performance Video, 18m 0s


Roadside Attractions is series of video performances that I have been undertaking since the spring of 2008.

I have trouble traveling. But as a performance artist it’s what I do – to show my work. Negotiating new terrain is the central premise of the proposed piece, Roadside Attractions, a process designed specifically for arrival in new locations. Focusing on parallels between performance and travel, the piece examines comprehensive states of "performative consciousness," investing "performative" presence within multiple spaces / times. It is a strategy for Being. Here. Now.

Within a residency structure I conduct performance research by carrying out and documenting several public "micro-interventions" that are edited into a video loop which then becomes the backdrop for a 20-minute stage performance: projected video accompanies repetitive action (such as skipping), and is punctuated by live narration (anecdotal bits of text related to being in transit / in transition). Still rough around the edges, the video work indicates a hasty editing process, but the point isn’t to make a perfect, polished work, it is rather to underscore an urgency in production and presentation; to visually embody the disjointed process of “arriving.”

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