Pedestal, inkjet prints, performed by Felicitas Lukas and Mikaela Bilgera at Emanuel Layr Gallery, Vienna (2008)
The performance begins with two performers entering the
space and standing on two pedestals, one red, the other yellow.
The first actress starts to laugh, soon joined by the other.
After a few seconds, the laughter of the first subsides and
gives way to tears. Both actresses then alternate between
laughter and tears, shifting from one to the other gradually, and
playing out every possible combination of the two actions (one
sobbing as the other laughs, one starting to laugh as the other
starts to sob, etc.) The piece ends with the performers making
eye contact, stopping, and then exiting the space.