COBBLEFUCK STONETOWN is a traveling parking lot vehicular nocturne on AstroTurf and Cyborgs. Using cars as stage, lighting and sound source, and guide for audience’s promenade experience in a parking lot, the piece explores the violence of dualisms such as the barbaric and the civilized, nature and the domestic, and seeks to excavate other ways to be other.
It is an explosion of, and, intervention unto, the liminal space of the parking lot. It is when and where you look for what does not exist. It’s you doing a little jive with your remote in an empty parking lot, and it’s you in an infinite funeral procession. It's the process of becoming cyborg and AstroTurf. It's an exercise in echolocation of your phantom limbs past and future to assemble a kind of nostalgia-porn-dumb-show. It's a how-to guide on how to cry into your shadow, then turn into the sea, then ice-skate on yourself. It's a landscape of traffic signs in the wake of a list of metaphors for the holy hole. When I roll towards you with my headlights at night, for a second you can’t see a thing, you feel you are finally going to die, and everything becomes possible.
Inspired by Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Also featuring fragments of King Lear, Macbeth, Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto, Jacques Ranciere's Emancipated Spectator and Henrik Ibsen's Wild Duck.
California Institute of the Arts, 2016.
Directed by Scarlett Kim
Lighting Design by Dylan Phillips
Scenic Design by Alex Grover
Sound Design by Dan Gower
Costume Design by Lynn Thonet Gross
Carolina Vargas, Chris Wentworth