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The Pleasure of the Piss: Arm Utterances

January 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

12 January 2012, 7 – 9 pm
Jon Rutzmoser

The Pleasure of the Piss: Arm Utterances combines feminine subjectivity, mass consumption, the 20th Century avant-garde, and public urination to investigate the overlap between the participatory, abject, hyper-sexualized, and vulnerable.  In conversation with Anne Mavor’s Venus in a Half Shell and Other Poses, it is play after a new language.

For this performance, artist John Rutzmoser begins with the request that ‘feminine subjects’ drink lots of Mott’s apple juice and urinate on him—more specifically on a tattoo of Duchamp’s Fountainon his arm. Directives will be given through a textual and visual installation which will blur any hard distinction between reading words and reading images. Piss is used as a metonym for ethical subjectivity, literally tracing the physical act of sacrificing the self for nothing. “I’ll wipe myself clean and we’ll all know a little more about play and seduction.” – Jon Rutzmoser

Jon Rutzmoser is an artist, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He recently received an MFA in Writing and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts. His work engages with notions of ethical subjectivity within a world of collapsed metaphor, linguistic slippage and self-exploitation. More information on Jon Rutzmoser at jonrutzmoser.com

The Pleasure of the Piss: Arm Utterances is part of Liz Glynn’s project series for Los Angeles Goes Live, Spirit Resurrection.

Public Spirit, which took place in May and October 1980, was the first performance art festival of such scope to be held in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Highland Art Agents and presented by LACE with the assistance of Vanguard, DTLA, American Hotel, Pasadena Film Forum, and Jett’s Café and Art Haus, the festival was presented through the cooperation of the LA arts community without any public funding.

Inspired by this collective effort, Liz Glynn’s project Spirit Resurrection invites the LA arts community to come together to re-stage, recreate and present contemporary performances based on Public Spirit’s historical performances throughout the month of January. Check for spiritresurrection.org for specific dates and locations!


January 12, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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