Pleasure War (2005)
The Pleasure War! performance, video and installation series expresses my personal fight to achieve full expression of my deepest desires within our contemporary, militaristic society. The piece draws from military exercises, personal rituals, and ancient Sumerian mythology about Inanna, goddess of both love and war and the lightly playful and fiercely passionate elements of feminine sexuality.
In global late-capitalism, we find ourselves in a world which places little value on the real, embodied human experience. The current political administration is characterized by moral fundamentalism and a violent quest for capitalist and imperialist gain, pressuring us to abandon the truths we know within our bodies in order to function on the surface as productive citizens. Through Pleasure War!, I attempt to subsume, and thereby ground and mitigate, the destructive elements of contemporary cultural institutions within the bodily experience.