Photo Essay: Camp Potlatch 2015, Side View

by Ellie Chung

Kenneth Fletcher, Camp Potlatch, performance document, Watson Strasse, c. 1976, Courtesy of Paul Wong

Kenneth Fletcher, Camp Potlatch, performance document, Watson Strasse, c. 1976, Courtesy of Paul Wong

Last Thursday, January 22nd, there was a re-enactment of a rather private action shared by the Mainstreeters back in the 70s’ at Satellite Gallery.

It was Kenneth Flecther’s Camp Potlatch performance named after a summer camp. Directed by another Mainstreeter, Paul Wong, the performer, Edwin Neel smacked the back of his hand couple times with a metal comb and rapidly rotated his arm from the shoulder until his scar started to bleed.

The performance was following a screening of Mainstreeters videos including 60 Unit; Bruise. As Wong said after the screening, the old glitchy videos were so noisy that some of the dialogues were inaudible.

Then Camp Potlatch performance took place. No words needed, the moment was solemn and ritualistic, even. I was fortunate to sit at the bar just beside where the performance was taken place. Following images are the side view of Camp Potlatch:

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Camp Potlatch 2015 was brief, but intense. It is now shared with the room full of people at Satellite Gallery on last Thursday night. And we all know that the image of Camp Potlatch 2015 will not easily go away from our memory.

Bleeding hand of the performer, Edwin Neel after the performance. Courtesey of Paul Wong

Bleeding hand of the performer, Edwin Neel, after the performance.
Courtesy of Paul Wong

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