David Cross: Vicious

Sat 10 Jun 2000–
Sun 16 Jul 2000

ACCA, Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain

Viscous was a performance by artist David Cross that challenged the ways in which we engage with and come to know the human body. In the tradition of extreme physical performance art of the ‘70’s, Cross performed eight hours a day for five days in a tightly confined space. This space was a specially constructed, elongated hollow timber rectangle, reminiscent of minimal sculpture from the 60’s. The audience could interact and communicate with Cross as he moved up and down the box on a trolley system. Over the period of a week, Cross’ performance tested his own physical endurance, referencing formal developments in sculpture and performance art, but also – and most importantly – confronting the viewer with a shocking, revelatory experience. 



David Cross