Untitled (Larry & Bobby Kissing)
net art, performance, video

Untitled (Larry & Bobby Kissing) is networked performance series that explores queer representation through reenacting history. Personally, the project is also a “checking” of my chosen family.

At the International Center of Photography in New York, I restaged a 1979 photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe where Larry and Bobby were played by women — one black, one white, boifriends, leatherwomen. Their kiss was live-streamed to an adult camming website where users online were able to interact with the performers and each other. The browser was projected back into the museum and surrounded the IRL audience.

At the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, I was Bobby and the public was Larry. Anyone could kiss me. The IRL kiss was positioned in the back of the auditorium and the livestream was projected on stage.

Nayland Blake said of the ICP kiss, “Often the photographic image becomes the stopping point and museums of photography are a parade of ‘perfect’ indissoluble moments that then never go on from that reality. Seeing you flow into and out of that is radical.”
New Jersey Council on the Arts

Palais de Tokyo, Paris
International Center of Photography, New York

Looking for venue and funding for the next kiss (the original Bobby with Larry’s widow, Bambi the Mermaid).

Thankful to be an Eyebeam fellow, NEW INC member, commissioned by Rhizome, collected by MoMA, awarded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, reviewed in Art in America, and bested by Hyperallergic.