In 2000, I finished my MFA at Concordia University. My thesis project, Stalk Me, was a performative lecture that explored the multiplicity of the constructed ego, identity, star-worship, fan culture, audience responsibility/accountability, and the inherent misogyny in North American rape and stalking laws. Using humour to create a subtext of sinister absurdity and the lecture format complete with video, tour-guide slides, and personal anecdotes, Stalk Me arbitrarily assigned the audience the labels of friend, fan or stalker at the beginning of the performance via a spin selection wheel à la Wheel of Fortune. This labeling immediately implied an established (intimate) relationship between the subject and the audience outside of the context of “performance”, and suggested behaviour(s) for the audience to enact. This piece implicated the audience to expose the fragility of the performative transaction: I positioned myself as the desired subject while attempting to control my own subjectivity. Twisting the power relationship between prey and predator, I was interested in identifying the point when responsibility turns to blame, and exploring this seam with the audience.
Hope Peterson, poster image; videographer
Steven Lawson, video introduction on camera talent
Cody McCaw and Charlie Boudreau, security guards
Johnny Newsome, spin-wheel maker
Ingrid Bachmann, thesis advisor