The Human Condition (Assimilation)
Sickened Part I (of II)
in collaboration with artist Dave Swensen
at Shelterbelt Theatre's Summer Stock Festival
Performer: Doug Hayko
Duration: 60 minutes
Four 2 foot by 2 foot white spheres sit in a white space, white floor, white walls, white door. A pile of white debris sits at the foot of one of the spheres. As the performance begins, a poor quality loop of audio can be heard through to the end. The only audible words are "off" and "canvas." One of the spheres begins to move. A man emerges from the sphere. He is naked, covered in red goo. He is tethered at the foot by a rope that leads to under the door. He is new to this world and explores it, finding sight, hearing, language, touch, taste. He is hurt at times. He is angered at times. He is frightened at times. He is happy at times. At one point in the performance, he punctures one of the other spheres and it bleeds out into the white space. He consumes a banana and peel and a grapefruit whole. Eventually, the door opens, at which point a National Public Radio news broadcast is heard. He is frightened. He is eventually pulled by the rope around his foot across the space and out the door.