Sneeze explores the involuntary expulsion of air and bodily fluid as an allegory of social ruptures that might mediate infectious resistance.

Video, color, sound, 5:11, 2015


Sneezer: Zachary Carlisle Davidson

Music: Jijyun Kim

Sound: Kevin Weinberg

I wait for a sneeze.

A long sneeze. A long, quaking expulsion of slimy mucus from an old wound. 

A long, unexpected burst that sets out new lives.

A long, unannounced explosion that wakes us up from a lingering nap,

breaking the equilibrium of our body, being, living, thinking, feeling, knowing, and doing. 

A body asleep can’t sneeze. 

Only a keen becoming can endure the tearing combustion and scattering shards of seeds into the open air. 

I search for a sneeze. 

A sneeze that borrows my bodies to awake others’ bodies.

A sneeze from others inside my bodies. 

When we sneeze, when we are shaken and quaked, we will see we live in a borrowed world of others’ bodies. 

Only then, we will escape from containment through contamination. 

Resistance will be born from infection.

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