60 Cycle Hum

Workshopped as a part of Fieldwork Houston and presented as a work in progress at the Spring 2010 Showcase, 60 Cycle Hum is the constant, unavoidable noise that is always present, but most persistent when you are quiet. It is all of those things that unceasingly run through your head, the thoughts that come to you when you are still and will not leave you alone, the thoughts that, like a bad house guest, arrive uninvited and outstay their welcome. Perhaps they are similar to wishes and that by saying them out loud, we can diminish their power. Perhaps at least we can discover we are not the only ones who hear it.


Presented as a part of Performance Studies international conference (PSi14) in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 23, 2008.

In PaperDoll, the artist will explore her own perpetual interregnum through a durational performance piece. The piece will explore the states between performer and audience, between creator and consumer, created and consumed. Between elected and imposed identities. Between nationalities and ethnicities. Between gender and social roles.

Taking inspiration from the visual art format of paper dolls that could be dressed up in any manner the user wished, the artist would similarly allow herself to be “dressed up” by the audience/participants. Starting from plain foundation garments, the artist will take her dress-up cues from paper dolls that the audience will be invited to dress up. They will be provided with paper
dolls representing the artist and paper clothing options representing clothing the artist has brought to dress up in. After a participant dresses up their doll, they may then offer it to the artist for her to recreate. Participants will be able to keep their paper doll kit.

See video from the performance here.


In “Operator”, interdisciplinary artist Angel Viator Smith opens the
lines of communication to her native Houston’s past. Part history
lesson, part peek into the personal lives of our predecessors, this
work in progress draws from first person accounts found in the Harris
County Historic Records Preservation Project, the Federal Writers’
Project, the Museum of Houston and archives of the Houston Post and
the Houston Chronicle.