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Performance & Installation (VHS copy of “Yessongs”, television, fabricated vintage
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stickers, headphones, candles, shag rug, pillows, photograph, text)
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“Pop I.D.” curated by Andrew Guthrie, Kapok, Hong Kong, April-May 2007
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tokyo The re-enactment of a teenage memory, and awkward insertion of a highly-personal
travel bubble into social space. This piece seeks to explore the sacred rituals of fandom,

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the nature of performance in everyday life, alone and in public, and also the
boundary between audience and participant.

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One night in high school, I went to a party at my friend’s house. The party was
typical in many ways—kids hanging out, raiding the parents’ liquor cabinet, smoking
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cigarettes in the backyard. But at some point in the evening, an unfamiliar girl came
comment feed into the living room where many of us were lounging. My friend A and I were
laughing about another friend who was making out with some guy upstairs, so at first
sign in or join now we didn’t really notice her.

This girl, dressed in her vintage-70’s finest, strutted into the room purposefully. She
all content on this website, sat down in front of the TV, rummaged through her large leather-fringed bag, pulled
unless otherwise noted, is out a VHS tape, and pushed it into the VCR. The opening credits of the VHS began
licensed under a creative and she pushed herself up even closer to the TV. The tape finally blared into shaky-
commons attribution-non- color brilliance: a rock band, a concert movie.
commercial 3.0 license.
A few of us in the room got curious– what exactly were we watching? When asked,
she handed the tape cover back to somebody. YES: Yessongs. She sat there and
watched intently, drinking out of a cup, occasionally rocking out. At one point I left to
talk to somebody, then returned. She was still there. She sat and watched the whole
thing. Then, as the tape wound down, she put it back in the case, back in her bag,
and left.

I never found out who she was, or why she had brought the tape. All I know is that I
hope she’s still out there, trucking Yessongs around from party to high school party.
Pushing herself up close to the TV to watch the strobe lights gleam off some sequins
and a six-string bass. Sipping whiskey from a plastic cup. Occasionally rocking out.
And then disappearing into the endless night. The girl with the Yes tape.

- Samantha Culp
April 2007

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