LIFE LINES is a collaborative group performance by Alexis Bulman and Curvy Girls, based on a physical examination performed by doctors to assess patients for Scoliosis; called Forward Bend test. To perform this simple test, a patient bends forward with feet together, arms hanging limp and knees extended until the back becomes horizontal. The examiner assesses from behind by running their finger down the patient's spine, feeling and looking for indicators of Scoliosis.
Audience member’s spines will be traced, and then interpreted into a large, growing drawing that will take form over the course of the night. This performance and the line drawings that result from it serve as a kind of guest book for the evening. LIFE LINES is an active opportunity to practice anticipating the needs of others by allowing the intimacy and trust of being "traced" to replace medical jargon, medical equipment and the notion of the body as an object of analysis. This durational performance will take place throughout the entire night, with a break for the artists from 9 - 9:30PM.
About the Artists:
Alexis Bulman maintains a studio practice in Montreal, Quebec, where she creates sculptures, installation art and performances that examine the patterns of her physical movement and bodily occupation of space. Currently, Bulman is dedicated to researching accessibility in Canada’s arts sector through the Interrogating Access Residency supported by OBORO, Spectrum Productions and the Canada Council of the Arts.
Curvy Girls is a network of peer-led support groups that reduce the emotional impact of scoliosis by empowering girls through mutual support and acceptance to become leaders, make healthy lifestyle choices, and improve self-esteem.