Rape is an act of physical and sexual violence; jokes are understood as a kind of psychic disruption, with humor forcing the release of pleasure. According to Freud, jokes can function as a shared victory over social repression, although “jokes that have a purpose run the risk of meeting with people who do not want to listen to them.” What is the purpose of a rape joke? Do we want to listen? And given the ear is the orifice we cannot close, is it ever possible to consent to humor?
Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content advisory was posted. Recent performance venues include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Silencio, Paris; City Museum, Ljubjana; Andre Bely Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia; Kunstverein, Cologne; and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Place also works as a critic and criminal defence attorney.
Performance, text: Vanessa Place
03.11.2016, 19:30 - 20:00