Coco Fusco

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Coco Fusco and Ricardo Dominguez, Dolores from 10h to 22h | 2001

Once upon a time in a not so faraway free trade zone at the northern edge of Mexico, a woman who cobbled machines together for a living as accused of trouble making at her job. Her boss locked her up in an office without food or water or a phone. He tried over and over to cajole her into signing a letter of resignation. He watched her to see if she would break down. She held out for twelve hours, and later she sued the company. Her boss told the judge that she was crazy and that it never happened. No one would claim to have seen her.

Dolores from 10h to 22h is based on a story that no one saw.

Dolores from 10h to 22h is a net.performance by Coco Fusco and Ricardo Dominguez that took place on November 22nd, 2001 from Kiasma, Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It was also simultanously broadcast at the Art in Motion Festival in Los Angeles, the Galerie Kapelika in Ljubjlana and iNIVA in London.

link to video to download: dolores_web

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Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist
Performance | 2013

When the chimp psychologist from Planet of the Apes travelled back in time to pay our civilization a visit, she charmed and terrified humans who sensed that her kind would soon overtake them. Try as humans did to destroy Zira, and thus engineer a different future for their race, they did not succeed in ridding themselves of her or any of her talking ape brethren, who return in endless sequels and remakes to this day.

Zira is an expert in human behavior. In Ape City she conducted experiments on human subjects and dissected their brains. Her civilization was designed to avoid the human forms of aggression that lead to calamities, and her behavioral studies were key to forging that split between those hominids who destroy each other and those who would not.

For this performance, Zira shares her observations of human predation with a lecture followed by a question and answer session.

Commissioned by The Studio Museum in Harlem for the Radical Presence exhibition’s visit to New York City. Premiered in December 2013.

For more information about Dr. Zira’s 2014 tour, please contact Coco Fusco.

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Coco Fusco, Room of One’s Own: Women and Power in the New America
Performance | 2006-2008

“Once upon a time, the great novelist Virginia Woolf wrote that women needed a modest income and privacy to express their creative genius. Woolf told us that every woman had to have a room of her own if she was going to show her strength.

Now, at the onset of the new millennium, American women finally have what they need to demonstrate their valor. The War on Terror has provided a great opportunity to the women of this country. Our nation has put its trust in our talents, and is providing the space and support we need to prove that we are powerful forces in the struggle for democracy.

The battle for freedom is being waged in rooms just like the ones Woolf spoke of. In these sanctorum of liberty around the world, American women are using their minds and their charms to conquer our enemies. American women in uniform are leading our nation’s effort to save the civilized world from the threat of terrorism. I know I am proud to be one of those women. And today, I am here to tell you how you can be one too.”

This performance is presented as a lecture about the expanding role of American women in the War on Terror.

video excerpt to download: room