one to one performance: 8 hours
"Future of Imagination IV: International Performance Art Festival"; 72-13 TheatreWorks; Singapore. 2007
Over the course of ten hours, visitors were invited into my tent one person at a time. They closed their eyes as I scripted text in their palms with my fingertip. Some participants were able to link the characters together to discern terms of endearment such as ’honey’, ’sweetheart’, ’darling’, etc. Others did not make out meaning from my finger traces and simply succumbed the feather-light sensations upon their skin. When they opened their eyes, I invited them to "leave your mark on me."
And marked I was: I was variously bitten on the neck, kicked in the shin, stroked on the cheek, kissed on the mouth, petted on the head, licked on the nose, touched on the heart, told a dark secret, inhaled, given a tear, gazed at, glared at, clapped at, gnawed at, blown at, whispered at, finger-written on, administered acupressure, and bestowed blessings of peace.
photos by: Young Tan, Chua Chye Teck