Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Audiothecary (Phoenix, 2003)

On Feb 22 2003 a question was asked in Phoenix. Just what is the psychical weight of sound? The answer to this question probably has little to do with measurement. In “Audiothecary”, amplified balance scales are used as a performance-based utility for finding the weight of sound. The scales’ beam with both of its two pans at either end were all wired to function as one large microphone. Any slight touch, even breathing on them, would produce a very substantial noise.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oaktown Wrestling Association (2003)

On Feb 21 2003, GX Jupitter-Larsen appeared as a heel manager during the inaugural matches of the Oaktown Wrestling Association. Wearing a Gorgeous George wig, GX then did what any wrestling manager would have done after escorting the top contender, War Chief, to the ring for his Hardcore match with Ice Box. He yelled out words of encouragement to his man, slapped his hands on the mat, tried to distract the referee whenever possible and clashed with the face manager around the ring. He did whatever it took to make the screaming crowd scream just that little bit more.

The two gigantic super-heavy-weights in the ring gave a lofty performance! It was a first-rate match by anyone’s account. However, despite GX’s best effort, The War Chief lost to Ice Box. It was a classic metal folding chair to the head, followed by a big belly flop off the top rope. GX helped the hurt War Chief back to the dressing room, only to bring him back out a few matches later for a 15-Man Battle Royal for the OWA Championship Belt.

Again, GX gave his all for his man. The War Chief however was ganged up on by three other men and was thrown out of the ring; giving way for Ice Box to ultimately take the title.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Building Empty Holes (San Francisco, 1995)

On Feb 10 1995 in San Francisco, the amplified shrieking resonance of electric drills and feedback filled the venue as five performers drilled holes into a very large wooden pallet. The pallet was being held upright by the performers as they drilled into it again and again for 22 minutes. Sawdust and applause were all over the place.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mind The Gap (San Francisco, 1996)

On Feb 7 1996 in San Francisco, GX Jupitter-Larsen & The Haters used amplified staple-guns to break and shatter a stack of LPs. The longer the stapling went on, the shorter the stack got. Staples and cracked bits of vinyl were spraying all about; hitting many in the audience. This was the first ever “Mind The Gap” performance.