Video + Performance


Obstacle Race, 2013
Single channel colour video
Silent, 1:31 min.


Obstacle Race is about taking charge of an otherwise humiliating situation.

I’ve never been a fan of sports.  But in Primary School, the one event kids like me were required to participate in was the Obstacle Race.  When I was about eight years old, I actually won, only for a loudspeaker to inform me moments later that I’d been disqualified for not following the rules.

At the time of the race, I was obsessed with the Spice Girls, and I dreamt of being in New York City like Macaulay Culkin in the movie Home Alone 2.  In this video performance, I reenact the race from memory, throwing in Spice Girls dance moves, while dressed in my favourite childhood t-shirt.  The backdrop of the video features The Plaza Hotel, the central filming location in Home Alone 2.

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