29th March – 13th April, 2018
MISSION SURGE is a 12-minute long durational performance work developed at West Space within the ‘Performance in Progress’ residency. The work consists of two performers, Parallel Park, navigating a 4-meter long double sit-on-top kayak around the gallery. The work shifts from wide shots to close ups showing the tension and endurance of working in tandem.
Affectionately nicknamed ‘the Divorce Boat’ the kayak functions as a symbol for collaboration, as it unveils the power dynamics between a working duo. In order to surge forward, the duo has to perform an equal effort of the same motions, surrendering individual ego to operate as one. While this work looks closely at the mechanics of collaboration, it also aims to ask questions about Romantic cliché’s and how to navigate queer politics within the context of the contemporary white cube.