Prey tackled the subject of victim and perpetrator through a live performance involving lip-syncing to an interview with serial killer Otis Toole, and the use of water pistols by the audience to shoot ketchup.
What strikes me from news reporting is that in attempting to protect the victim by keeping anonymity, what happens is then a 'dehumanizing' of the victim. Perhaps it is human nature which makes us distance ourselves from the crime, as we wish to imagine such an atrocity could never happen to us, and so the victim is made 'other'. The victim becomes disenfranchised of a voice, and is spoken for and not to by politicians, pressure groups, the BNP, etc etc.
By lip-syncing to the serial killer whilst comically being shot with ketchup, I wished ridicule the perpetrator, rather than elevate them to the level of celebrity as so often happens due to media frenzy. At the same time, with the audience participating in soaking me with ketchup, the dual roles of victim and attacker were established. This piece is an acknowledgment of the fluidity of roles, and an attempt to break down their binary opposition.
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