Ever since the performance of VB29 - Natatorium, this noob I met in London has been “teleport stalking” me. When I met him he had no profile photo, and now it’s been updated to a photo of Alec Baldwin. To console me in my suffering, smarty-pants Trill Zapatero made this “cute” photo.
Lucile, Gina Broono-Arnica, Cindy Denver, Calliope Novaland, participating in VB29 - Natatorium at Zaha Hadid’s state-of-the-art London Aquatics Centre.
Me, floating in the foreground, with Trilby and Calliope floating in the distance. London Aquatics Centre. VB29 - Natatorium
Trilby Minotaur, Zola Zsun, and others float in the London Aquatics Centre at VB29 - Natatorium.
Laurel Leavitt and I met at Burning Man a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun working on an installation together. Since then we’ve been involved, on and off, in each other’s various projects. Here Laurel floats in the London Aquatics Centre for VB29 - Natatorium. In the water beyond Laurel are Pixel, myself, Trilby, Calliope, and Moni.
Soon to host the fury of Olympic swimming competition, Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre took a temporary respite from speed to host VB29 - Natatorium. Here participants Bailey Saxmundham & Bear Morgwain enjoy an ephemeral, yet in its way, eternal, moment in the ethereal blue waters of Hadid’s Natatorium.
I hate to even mention this since I imagine she’ll deny it and cuss me out, but to my surprise, I actually heard SaveMe Oh ask if “anyone would mind” before she started her now legendary video show. These “Escher Fish” were her opening opus, which were followed by a more restrained, durational drone by Pixel, as described in this blog earlier, and eventually climaxing in the enormous crescendo of SaveMe’s two-story-tall “duck” finale.
Spiraling clockwise and inward, VB29 cast members, starting from 9 o’clock:
Apmel Ibbetson, Martha Graham, SaveMe Oh, Betty Tureaud, Zola Zsun, Coffee Queen, Gina Broono-Arnica, Torric Rodas, Bailey Saxmundham, Laurel Leavit, Xue Faith
Legendary breath-hold diver Apmel Ibbetson joins VB/CO performance artists in their latest work VB29 - Natatorium in Zaha Hadid’s new aquatics centre here in London.