Untitled (for six voices), 2008
Ultra-red, "Untitled (for six voices)," 2008, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: Fowler Museum.
"AIDS [short pause] where is your rage [pause]"
Entered into the record by PJ Gouldmann, Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, Maryland, Saturday, 16 April 2005)
"[Breath] And . . . I . . . was [long pause] just incredibly [short pause] overwhelmed with the spirit of activism in the room"
Entered into the record by Patricia Navarro, Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, California, Thursday, 5 May 2005)
"And this question frustrates me to no end [pause] [breath]"
Entered into the record by Nicole Neve, Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, Alberta, Thursday, 23 June 2005)
"I'm sorry to have to tell you this [breath]"
Entered into the record by Terri Baltimore, Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, 30 November 2005)
"But every time I'm with a man I always worry [pause] [breath]"
Entered into the record by Unidentified Speaker 1, Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec, Tuesday, 4 April 2006)
"I'm not pissed off or anything [short pause] it obviously still affects my life . . ."
Entered into the record by an unidentified speaker (recorded by Josh Gumiela), Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois, Friday, 14 April 2006)
"And what I discovered [pause] was appalling [long pause] [breath]"
Entered into the record by Zoe Dodd: Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, 9 August 2006)
cast (left to right):
Walt Senterfitt, epidemiologist
Cynthia Totten, human rights lawyer
Austin Delgadillo, community organizer
Richard Hamilton, community organizer
Katy Robinson, activist
Edward Cervantes, community organizer
This work draws on the formal features of the SILENT|LISTEN performances and the installations THE RECORD and THE MINUTES. "Untitled (for six voices)" asks six performers to enact brief excerpts from statements entered into the record during Ultra-red's performance series SILENT|LISTEN (2005 - 2006). To perform the excerpted statements with their accompanying choreography, Ultra-red invited six individuals from a nascent coalition of activists working at the intersection between HIV prevention in prisons, human rights for the incarcerated, prevention justice, and the abolition of prisons.
"Untitled (for six voices)" was commissioned by Fowler Museum at the University of California in Los Angeles for the exhibition "Make Art | Stop AIDS."
(Organized by Taisha Paggett, Dont Rhine and Robert Sember.)