CrossFit + Online Comments

Four days after Livestreaming my Tilikum Tattoo I performed my three-hour, Online Comments (August 2007 - February 2011) at the Arlington Art Center. During the performance I read online comments about my work from a teleprompter while completing four back-to-back CrossFit workouts with support from my Skyped-in CF coach. The performance was Livestreamed to an online audience and open to the public.

Below is a 5minute compilation of excerpts and the full, three-hour performance.

Prior to Amber Doll > Tilikum I received early press for the Amber Doll Project. The project involved my commissioning the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in my exact likeness. The first article to profile the Amber Doll Project received a great number of anonymous online comments and was posted on a number of blogs where the amount of comments grew.

My two and a half hour performance, Online Comments (August 2007 - October 2011), at BOLT Gallery (Chicago) featured my reading every comment still online as of October 2011 to a live audience. Misspellings, typos, grammatical errors, duplications etc. were retained from the originals.

My corresponding live performance (three months later) Online Comments (August 2007 - February 2012) featured my reading every comment still online as of February 2011 while completing four workouts inspired by fitness methodology and cult-like online community, CrossFit, of which I am a part. Online Comments (August 2007 - February 2011) bridges my Amber Doll Project to my series, Fit, a series of durational performative videos.

Along with her her communities at CrossFit South Brooklyn, and Windy City CrossFit I enjoy combining powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics along with functional fitness activities. My interest in CrossFit, along with the long list of the functional fitness tasks my grandfather assigned myfather at a young age, has led me to assigning myself the weekly digging of chest-deep holes for time as well in addition to other functional fitness tasks met with the related structure of endurance performance art.

Performance: Amber Hawk Swanson
Tech Assistance + Magic + Support: Renato Velarde
CrossFit Inspired Workouts: Margie Lempert