Death in Dade 3 returns to endurance based performances and focuses more on communicating the themes of labor present in my practice rather than solely the intrumentalization of the worker. It also takes a step back from the heavy religious themes in "Death in Dade 2".
This performance takes inspiration from Cuban makers in Miami and by artist Ernesto Oroza who has documented much of the DIY culture that has allowed the people of Cuba and Miami to circumvent extreme poverty through the adaptation and re-invention of discarded materials and household objects. Vehicle modification culture which has “souped-up” the Honda Civic and many other Japanese imports has also become paramount in my process as it has transformed these tools of transportation into vehicles of spectacle and self expression. This performance therefore consists of two performers with a modified gasoline-powered leaf blower harnessed to their backs and strapping them to one another.
The engine is then pull-started by another performer harnessed to the ignition cord. Reggaeton and bachata are mixed by a DJ during the performance to mimic musical labor and musical farming present in South America and the performance ends once all the gasoline has been burned. The once tool for labor has been transformed into a ceremonial instrument which burns gasoline and cries out to its audience.
Continuing to dwell on Mbembe's "necro-politics", the engine, much like the fake gold chains, and the soiled white garment (as a result of labor), calls to be witnessed by those outside of the "death world" in order for the laborer to become subject and no longer resource.