This is a brief, low-fi excerpt/ documentation of the performance "Hot Tail", with the help of Corey M. and Mickey W., performed in Parlour Window, the (now former) studio of Mary-Anne McTrowe and David Hoffos in downtown Lethbridge, Alberta. In "Hot Tail," three live performers and five animated sculptural objects moved in time to a rhythmic choreography triggered by the viewer. Five human midsections, cast in plaster and foam with rotating tails, stood in front of the human performers. The viewers outside triggered a motion sensor and activated the entire production. The performers were instructed to move only when the machines powered up and the lights started flashing. The performers, with their backs to the viewers, swayed in a left-right motion, causing their identical wooden tails to swing back and forth in unison. The viewers controlled the production; through their voyeuristic curiosity, they initiated the “red light freak show” activating the push-pull, seduction-repulsion characteristic of the grotesque.

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