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0 Degrees

Sketch of proposed performance (adobe illustrator)



In this piece, a solo cellist performs a piece of music composed specifically to be physically and absurdly taxing, testing/pushing his athleticism in order to raise his body temperature. He wears a constructed suit that holds snow in close proximity to his body. As the piece of music unfolds and the musician labors harder, he produces enough body heat to raise the temperature of the snow bags to the point of melting (0 degrees C). This piece explores burnout culture and utilitarianism with a performance of excess: the performer must over-exert himself, increasing his efforts to a point of no return and may only cease activity once the process of transforming snow into a consumable product is completed.

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