Monday, July 27, 2015

Graveyard Swag (performance)

Graveyard Swag (performance)
Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas
July 3, 2015

A performance exploring the subtext of zombie as other, as performative identity and transformation, as loaded revolutionary construct.

  Full Performance Video (7:10)

The Reverend - Randall Garrett
Zombies - Janet Aguirre, Sara Brisby, Raul Rodriguez
Guest Appearance by Peazy - Patrick Patterson-Carroll
Performance Monologue Sequence (2:39)

Sound Improvisation - Thor Johnson and Craig Shropshire
Videography - Brett Ardoin
Video Installation - Michael Morris

Special Thanks to Dwayne Carter and Enrique Fernández Cervantes.
Have a Nice Day (review) (A+C magazine) by Lee Escobedo

"Performance artist and provocateur, Randall Garrett, is one of the unsung heroes of the Dallas art scene, providing opportunity and chance to artists who are looking for first opportunities. Garrett’s work, a scrappy composition of selfies and digital portraits in the main room, accompanied by a planned performance opening night, “Graveyard Swag,” added to the abstraction of a coherent manifesto to “what” exactly is burning and “who” is holding the torch. Incorporating ritual, spiritualism, and the history of storytelling, Garrett’s performance and installation told the 1,000 year old story of sin, death and rebirth."
Witness the Post-Apocalyptic Chaos of Irrational City (preview)
(Dallas Observer) by Lauren Smart

"Randall Garrett sends us through a cracked funhouse mirror with questions of how we build identity, and how we institutionalize labels for those identities."


 Some of the hand-altered posters and graveyard elements in the installation.