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.