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Potentially Dangerous Contraptions
at the Akademie Schloss Solitude

Hook and Loop performed as part of Potentially Dangerous Contraptions
All documentation by the Akademie Schloss Solitude

»Potentially Dangerous Contraptions«, James Rushford & Rachel Yezbick from Akademie Schloss Solitude on Vimeo.

Potentially Dangerous Contraptions was performed byJames Rushford, Savyon, Elena Morena-Weber, and Rachel Yezbick.
James Rushford and Rachel Yezbick Breaking Study (2018)
James Rushford and Rachel Yezbick Potentially Dangerous Contraption (2018)
Peter Frank Breaking Event (1988)


James Rushford and Rachel Yezbick Breaking Study (2018)
Rachel Yezbick Hook and Loop (2016)
James Rushford Nupta Cadavera (2018)

Breaking Study performed at the Akademie Schloss Solitude


Potentially Dangerous Contraptions is an evening of short musical and performance-based works at the Schlosskappelle Solitude in Stuttgart on September 12. The works form an interdisciplinary dialogue about modern-day issues of power and spectatorship through the lenses of historical Judeo-Christian pedagogy and Medieval musical codices. Performances in collaboration with James Rushford, Elena Morena-Weber and Savyon.

Breaking Study punctuated both acts. Prepping the branches over an upside alter, we tied rope to our wastes and the wood, using ratches to create tension in the hopes of breaking the branch. As the size of the branches grew, our gesture became futile and humorous. 

James and I depicted sweeping the debris from Breaking Study in order to prep the arena for the incoming performers.
Booklet created alongside exhibition transcribing a conversation between the artists regarding how it feels to perform the works. Marginalia text by Georges Bataille, Lisa Silverman, Bruce Holsinger and Reza Negarestani.
And Laid Him On The Green, is a live performance created in collaboration with James Rushford for Gertrude Contemporary’s exhibition Octopus 19: Ventriloquy, curated by Joel Stern and presented by Liquid Architecture. Keep an eye on exhibition programming for upcoming information! 

Untitled  is a live performance and online series that examines western culture’s relationship to death by looking at the experiences of social media stars online.

Politics of Immersive Experience (tentative title), a forthcoming book that looks at the links between ethnographic practice and immersive media technologies. Co-written with Julia Yezbick.

Join me for a screening of Epicurus’ Conundrum on Sunday, June 2nd at Femmebit Festival 2019.

             Contact rachel.yezbick[@]gmail.com