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Friday, October 5 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Toxic Tango (An Off-Site Performance at LaSalle Park)

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TOXIC TANGO In this site-specific performance at a toxic super fund site in South Bend, Fink, clad in a gigantic red dress, will release a rusty-red substance  from her crotch, marking the space in the way a toxic dump site is marked, in the fashion of a woman or a planet bleeding to death, in the manner of a macho expressionist painter-boy in queer femme drag. A red giant, a dead planet. The red dress is a continuation of Laffin's infamous, sculptural, and monumental series of feminist interventions into body art. Laffin will be remotely reading a text broadcast out of Fink's crotch (and of Fink's authorship) in which the earth accuses the toxic dumpers of dumping her. She wants revenge on this suckiest of sucky boyfriends. The red will first alter and then eventually consume the site. Intoxicated, the site will be left marked red, both sutured and torn by the performance.  Mutual surrogacy, feminist interdependence, anthropocene survival skills, #metoo queer/femme rage and a remarking of the marred earth are the forms this performative inscription will take in this continuation of Laffin's and Fink's year-long sequence of environmental/crip performances. The audience will be invited to take home a toxic souvenirs: baggies of red/earth//toxic/crotch/rage. The earth will be left cleaner. But redder. Gorgeous and  ugly, monumental and intimate, political and personal, spoken wordy and visual, hilarious, deadly serious and just plain deadly, this performance will reinscribe what we think we’re doing when we write bodies, women, and planets. Running time: half hour/permanent/ephemeral. Directions from Snite Museum to LaSalle Park: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Snite+Museum+of+Art,+100+Moose+Krause+Circle,+Notre+Dame,+IN+46556/N+Falcon+St,+South+Bend,+IN/@41.6807498,-86.2984357,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8816d29e251d489d:0x93e29cc4b73cb6a9!2m2!1d-86.2356991!2d41.6995878!1m5!1m1!1s0x8811328aa77db46b:0x9787fd8e70329bb2!2m2!1d-86.2973739!2d41.6791739!3e0

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Jennifer Natalya Fink

Georgetown University
Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Dana Award-winning The Mikvah Queen and Lambda-finalist and Doctorow-prize winning Bhopal Dance. She is an associate professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches creative writing and co-founded... Read More →

Julie Laffin

Georgetown University
Julie Laffin is an artist living in northern Illinois whose work often draws on her previous body-based performance work with huge gowns and her current condition of being severely environmentally ill. Unable to perform works of a spectacular nature in public for the past 14 years... Read More →

Friday October 5, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
LaSalle Park 3419 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46619

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