The Push Pops are a radical, transnational queer feminist artist collective. Geared toward engendering ‘Embodied Feminism,’ the collective is primarily concerned with the expenditure and conservation of the self in relation to the Other. Employing the female body – that which is bound to a cross-cultural language of desire, signification and power – in tactical, ideological strategy, the Push Pops utilize gesture, exclamation and popular idiom to embody a new and discursive physicality. Neo-Dada, Fluxist and Feminist, their performance work posits the body as a danger to the operation of reason and male economy of lack. A wild leap, an elusive slogan, a paroxysm of the flesh – The Push Pops reinscribe the body through participatory ritual, spontaneous performance and interactive multi-media installation.
At the start of her solo Ms. Mordoj stood at the back of the stage in near darkness. Holding a briefcase under her chin and dressed in a jacket, skirt and heels, she began to vocalize softly and then with increasing strength. Performing on a runwaylike strip of the stage that extended to the audience, Ms. Mordoj, her eyes bulging, stuffed an egg into her mouth — and then another and another, all the while grimacing, but keeping them down. Or so it appeared; she knows a thing or two about illusion.
As if her skin were shedding, crushed eggshells dropped to the floor. Eventually, she removed her jacket and attached two falsies to her bra while contracting and distending her belly, a feat both grotesque and stunning. At a certain point, she stopped trying to be funny — another relief — and slowly lowered herself to the floor. Bits of shells stuck to her face and chest, transforming her clown face into a spooky ritualist mask. The metamorphosis worked its magic: Ms. Mordoj held us captive.
The first clip shows Robert Downey Jr's first role in the year 1970, in a film by his father, Robert Downey Sr. As an example of late-60's weirdness-- Well, let's hear from Leanne Benson at IMDB:
I saw this film last night at the Barbican in London, apparently it hadn't been shown for thirty years, longer than I've been alive! We were warned at the beginning that it wasn't the easiest film to watch and with that in mind, I actually found it not too difficult to watch. All the characters were very different and I really like the idea of having people play the animals. It was pretty sad but also heartwarming in a way. I loved Robert Downey jr as the puppy, so cute!!!
I would say that the film was pretty bizarre and I'm not sure if I could watch it again for a while but for someone like me who is interested in they ways of past decades, I think it was a brilliant peek into the late sixties. There was one particular character, the old lady who played the dog with the mange problem who I thought was brilliant, amazing styling and directing. A film that should be available to be shown.