Date: September 2016
Duration: about an hour
- Broadcast Walkie talkie attached to performer and receiver walkie talkie in viewing space
- Bag of dog food
- Live feed camera
- Bowl of dogfood
- Chance-encountered large outdoor rodent baiters.
- Motorized reel
Description: I walk around an outdoor parking lot, sprinkling dog kibble in front of large outdoor rat baits, while whistling and calling out such things as “Here boy!”, “Where’s my boy?”. My voice is registered by a walkie talkie and transmitted to a motorized reel which pulls a long piece of yarn strung throughout the interior of a building. In this same building, audience members are watching the performer through the building’s windows and through a monitor which has a live feed of the performer’s activities closeup. The yarn is threaded through roach baits which act as pulleys placed throughout the building, allowing the yarn to travel along walls, ceilings, and turn corners. The motorized reel only operates in small jolts that match the crescendo of my voice’s volume, so the movement of the yarn is quick and erratic like the movement of a roach. The yarn also rubs against the poison inside the roach baits as it passes through the baits while being reeled in. The last thing the yarn passes through before being completely reeled in is a bowl of dog kibble. The piece is about confusing the categories of pests and pets.