Wearing The Horns Series
‘Il Mangiatore Di Peccatto’

Weeks & Whitford performed this new work daily in four hour slots for a week, and then delivered a final performance on the seventh day.

To structure this durational work they used the framework of 15 wedding anniversaries and their corresponding materials being: paper, cotton, leather, fruit and flowers, wood, iron and sugar, wool and copper, bronze, pottery and willow, tin, steel, silk and linen, lace, ivory and crystal to generate a series of tasks and associated actions. They worked with 2 materials a day for 7 days and used the final fifteenth material in the form of a crystal bowl in the final performance. Ian constructed durational tasks around these materials, whilst Rebecca produced sins through her acts of provocation and indiscretion with Ian and the audience. These sins were tallied on the wall with chalk and written onto pieces of paper that Rebecca stuffed inside portions of cake and fruit and then fed to a blinkered Ian, who would intermittently vomit them up into the crystal bowl.

They worked in a black room within which a dining table filled the space and acted as a focus and as a metaphor for the domestic, and as a setting for a relationship. Weeks and Whitford’s actions over the course of the week generated a complex set of traces, a baroque candlelit installation and resulted in an intense intimate atmosphere. The heavily curtained windows prevented light entering and held in the many scents, candle wax, chocolate, wine, fruit, blood, ashes, etc which gathered and hung in the air. Over the week the accumulation of traces, smells, and artefacts as consequences of their actions and the soundtrack of ticking clocks (made specifically for them by Alice Kemp) all contributed to the creation of a heavy contained intensified reality. The relatively small room brought the audience into proximity with the performers, which aided them in bringing people into their strange sensual world.

The duration of the work allowed Weeks and Whitford to move into a different mode of performance, as they were submerged in a sustained and unfolding process gaining intensity over time.

Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, Dec, 2012,
Photographs by Monika Sobczak
Sound score made by Alice Kemp