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SiteWorks: San Francisco performance 1969-85

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 800 Chestnut Street at Jones

Darryl Sapien with Michael Hinton, Synthetic Ritual (21st December 1971)

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Opposing forces, represented by two performers painted opposite colors, emerge from walls at either end of a room. Blindfolded and connected to ropes extending from the walls they meet at the center of the room inside a circle of steer manure where they begin a physical interaction. Gradually the encounter escalates from blind exploration to a contest of strength. Soon the performers begin to wrestle and as they struggle on the ground the opposite colors of their bodies blend into a uniform gray. (Sapien 2013)