We Eagerly Await YOUR
"Do you have X? That certain something? Have you been biding your time? Do you just want to be up there? You know you do. You have always known. We have always known and in all ways known. Your dreams. Your deepest desires. Your moment.
We are here to take you there on the neXt step."
Photography by Tiu Makkonen and Rich Dyson
An ongoing project drawing parallels between the rhetoric of doomsday
cults and reality television.
Inspired by and in memory of the
high number of humiliated reality television contestants and cult
members who have committed suicide.
Exploring the "self".
Produced by //BUZZCUT//
live work supported by Creative Scotland small project funding and Anatomy Arts
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
//BUZZCUT// in support of Ron Athey
_Centre for Contemporary Arts
The project was initially inspired by an article on the high number of reality TV contestants that had commited suicide and whether there was an adequete screening process for vulnerable indivuals and suitable support during and after filming. To test this we applied to the X-Factor Series #15 auditions in 2018 using the details of Paula Goodspeed. An auditionee who despite forewarning that they were a vunerable person was auditioned and included in the final broadcast. After humiliation on the show they comitted outside a judge's house 2 years later.
We sucessfully got the auditon.*
*They do identity checks after your first and can't screen any "graphic or distressing imagery"
An advertisement was subsequently posted with the terminology that was both aquired and inspired by this experience to see how many respondents we would reach.
The advertisement is available here:
A self-help-your-self tape created
from street performance, adaptions
of the stagework, responses to the print advert, motivational self-help tapes and binaural frequencies.
PLUGGED & WIRED
A 12 step self-help-your-self programming series created from responses to the print advert, motivational self-help tapes, channeling tapes, interviews at
the X-Factor auditions
and binaural frequencies.
Centre for Contemporary Arts