THE FERTILE SWIPE
The Fertile Swipe, 2013-16 is an interactive video performance lecture on the topic of food created for specifically for the 4-sided, seamless video cube dining experience of Monkey Town. Performed over 100 times at EYEBEAM—Chelsea, Manhattan’s new media cultural center—during the summer of 2013, it was performed for an additional four weeks when the traveling version of Monkey Town made its way to Denver, Colorado in 2014, and then Austin, TX in 2015/16.
The above is a segment of the performance in which the audience watches the screens alone, as most of it is meant to be seen alongside the performer. The character, “The Mother,” who has broken through Will’s Power Point presentation, explains where she came from.
Thank you to Mark and Kristen Sink for the photos from Denver above.
Artists in the Chelsea, NY Program
Jack + Leigh Ruby (produced by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee), Shana Moulton, Tara Sinn, Errol Morris, Trisha Baga, Zefrey Throwell, Kathy Rose, Peter Burr, Will Rahilly, Annie Pearlman, Brian Close, Ben Ridgway, William Strobeck, Lily Sheng + Antonia Kuo, Petra Cortright, Jeremy Couillard, Alison Mennor, Bunny Rogers and Filip Olszewski, Chris Rice, Theo Angell, Montgomery Knott, Astrid Menze
Mother – Amber Jade Schaefer
With Ana Lieberman, Jacob Alamanza, Mica Romero, Micaela Carolan
Production Help – Ana Lieberman
Mother Makeup – Aelfie Oudghiri
Cookies by Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin at Ovenly
Special Thanks to Montgomery Knott, Agatha Kulaga, Juan Romero, DUO Restaurant + BSP Lounge Kingston, NY, Greg Zifcak, Jocelyn Spaar, Dilian, Adam Kaufman
Songs by Will Rahilly and Amber Jade Schaefer
Sound, camera, editing Will Rahilly