PoLAAT / Post-Paradise, Sorry Again

My Barbarian, Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT), 2008, workshop
Courtesy the artist

PoLAAT / Post-Paradise, Sorry Again

Artist: My Barbarian

Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT): Post-Paradise, Sorry Again, 2008
Workshop and performance documentation; two-channel video with sound
Courtesy Steve Turner Contemporary and the artist

The Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT) continues My Barbarian’s performance of the counterculture, translating and transforming 1960s methods into present-day performance with self-conscious humor and allusion, while exploring issues central to contemporary artistic practice. During a two-week residency at the New Museum in June 2008, the collective (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade) conducted workshops with a group of local artists, musicians, and actors resulting in the original work, Post-Paradise, Sorry Now. Referencing the Living Theatre’s Paradise Now (1968) and the antiteater’s critical response that play, Pre-Paradise, Sorry Now (1969), the workshop and new production employ improvisation, audience participation, the staging of social taboo, and familiar tropes associated with performance of the 1960s and 1970s. The two-channel video, Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT): Post-Paradise, Sorry Again edited from the workshop and its July stagings at the New Museum, explores the process of collaboration, creation, performance, and agency through the teaching of the five principles of PoLAAT: Estrangement, Indistinction, Suspension of Beliefs, a Mandate to Participate, and Inspirational Critique.