Code Red

Randy & Berenicci

1980, 02:00 minutes, colour


People are gathered in a warehouse for the opening of a large show of contemporary art installations. A series of recorded announcements inform them of a performance beginning shortly in the loading dock area. The audience is crowded into two tight spaces, one on either side of a ramp running down the centre of the loading dock. Heavy garage doors close behind them, sealing off the space. The lights go out.

“… smashing one at a time while approaching the audience a series of glass sheets stenciled with words like “Content”, “Syntax”, “Context”, they created with perfect control a situation in which doubt, rage, fear and humour combined in uneasy partnership. As an assistant set fire to a wall facing them, the performers mounted a dolly, rushed into and through a flaming wall. The audience was released unexpectedly into a larger sharper sense of the relationship between space, occasion, artist and viewer.” - Vera Frenkel, Artscanada, March/April 1981

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