For the 14th Performance Project of LISTE - Art Fair Basel Garrett Nelson presents the second iteration of his performance series Blind Audition (since 2017). On this occasion he collaborates with Viva, the American performer, artist, model and muse. Viva will read from a collection of poems that went unpublished when the original editor died of AIDS in the early 80s.
A ‚blind audition’ is a method of judging a skill without seeing the performer. It is a physical separation of the jury or audience and the performer. It allows some information to pass through while leaving out visual cues of gender, race, physical appearance, and style of clothing. It is a method used by orchestras for hiring musicians as well as art academies for admission of music students. The separation in practice is usually a makeshift black curtain or a screen.
Viva was a denizen of the Chelsea Hotel and the New York scene from the 60s to the 90s. She may be best known for her performances in Andy Warhol’s films Blue Movie, Tub Girl, The Nude Restaurant or Bike Boy. She wrote the first video novel Baby in 1975 while with her former husband Michel Auder.