Never Never Never Ever Never Never Ever Never Ever Ever EVER Ever EVER Give Up Unless It Gets Too Hard
Above: Work-in-progress showing in Minneapolis
Never Never Never Ever Never Never Ever Never Ever Ever EVER Ever EVER Give Up Unless It Gets Too Hard proposes embodied tactics against normalization by deploying repetitive and strenuous performance elements that resist the physiological process of habituation.
Wait, no--now it's an evening-length neo-faustian non-performance chronicling an instrumentalized performance practice developed to encourage (or discourage) various behaviors and cravings to which I aspire (or regret). The research derives from existing sites of everyday performance which use methods such as rote repetition (e.g. learning multiplication times tables; prayer), operant conditioning (rewards and punishment, or in-between), self-hypnosis, occult ritual, and other means of communicating to and molding the deeper, nonrational part of the brain.
Nurturing unfriendly twin beliefs in both the power of lived experience (even including theatrical performance) to change lives, as well as a deep paranoia of its instrumentalization in our contemporary neoliberal hellscape, NNNENNENEEEEEGUUIG2H proposes a series of idioms which question the status of will/power, both fetishizing and eradicating choice as a constitutive determinant of human experience.