Install Theme

Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen, 2013
Christine Borland and Brody Condon

This collaborative public art installation for the 2013 Edinburgh Arts Festival draws upon oral histories directly and indirectly related to Edinburgh’s Trade Maidens Hospital. This historic institution was founded in 1704 to provide for the ‘board, lodging, clothing and education of the daughters and granddaughters of “decayed” tradesmen’ and had close connections to Edinburgh’s artisan and Incorporated Trades.

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Future Gestalt, 2012
Brody Condon

Future Gestalt is part sci-fi film, part participatory performance, and part experiential essay on the history of psychotherapeutic group encounters. Set in a now antiquated vision of the far future, five trained performers robed in vivid, diaphanous costume are led by the artist in a series of open-ended performative psychotherapy techniques, such as Gestalt group therapy, developed most famously by Fritz Perls in the 1940s. Tony Smith’s ‘shape shifting’ sculpture Smoke (1967), permanently installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, acts as the elaborate set, and carnivorous potted plants as exotic props.

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To prove her zeal one woman ate mud, 2012
Brody Condon

Condon often designs performances that utilize live action role-playing techniques whereby he creates and populates temporary worlds, then records on video these unscripted and often disorienting interactions, documenting them in an ethnographic style. “To prove her zeal” was a 5 day communal situation with 8 players, located inside a seven-story mill tower and nearby farm in the small town of Wassaic, New York.

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LevelFive, 2010-2011
Brody Condon

LevelFive was a series of participatory performances focused on critically exploring self actualization seminars from the 1970’s such as Large Group Awareness Training sessions like Erhard Seminars Training. LevelFive was not a actual self-actualization seminar, nor is it affiliated with any actual Large Group Awareness Training company or group. Players arrived as their characters, and were expected to emote and experience as their characters, with minimal interruption, for the 2 day duration of the game. Only participants were allowed in the performance space itself, while the footage from 3 cameras recording the event were mixed live and analog streamed for the public to the nearby theater during scheduled hours of the event.

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Case, 2009
Brody Condon

Case was a 6 hour deadpan reading of the classic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer by William Gibson within a rehearsal-like atmosphere actively directed by the artist. Combining Gibson’s 1980s dystopian techno-fetishism with early twentieth-century abstraction, faux “virtual reality” scenes unfolded via moving Bauhaus-inspired sculptural props accompanied by the Gamelan ensemble Dharma Swara. 

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