In this performance, artist Mia Eve, Caleb Duarte Pinon, video artist Judy Stone, professor of sculpture at the University of Maryland and MICA, and local energy worker Francisco Hildalgo Diaz, collaborated in a one-night performance in the tiny Galeria El Cerrillo in Chiapas Mexico.
In preparation for this action, Duarte sets out to construct an eight inch thick slab of cement to be lifted and balanced by the participating audience. In response, Mia Eve and Judy Stone join forces with Francisco Hildago Diaz to perform a series of actions that confer the release and transfer of tension and conflict through simple energy exercises.
As the performance begins, a group of several participants lift the heavy structure with ropes using the support structure of the architecture with in the gallery space. At the same time, Eve's attempts to crawl and balance on the cement slab while a video of Francisco's energy work is is projected outside the gallery space. At this point, the audience is not fully aware that Eve is paralyzed from the waist down, making her struggle to balance on all fours a mirror to the struggles of the several men lifting and maintaining the balance of the concrete slab.
As the hour long performance proceeds, the public, after experiencing fear of the wight and the inherent danger involved in lifting an approximate 600 pound object, begin to realize Eve's fragility and strength and the fact that she indeed has very little control of her lower body. The tension between Mia