MARGIN PROPHET

MARGIN PROPHET, Durational Performance, 2015.

This work uses performance to contemplate the realities of human, economic and environmental marginalization. Dressed in a suit of locust pods–a tenacious “weed tree” of urban Chicago–I wrote sets of words whose combinations evoke ideas of corporate greed, economic desperation, and environmental degradation. The performance site, along the edges of the Metra Line, is home to both displaced people and marginalized wildlife. For three hours, my linguistic recombinations enacted a pushback against the oppressive forces of the urban environment; their swift and inevitable erasure underscored the ways in which this human and ecological damage is rendered invisible.