“On Saturday, September 1, the VESTIBULE art collaborative presented TAINT, Pt.1 — which purported to be a mash-up of multimedia and performance, and could have most likely meant more of the same drivel of performance and visual installations and music that DC has long called “art.” It started in a long drawn-out yoga session, and ended with the brutality of more than 10 individuals destroying a piece of art bearing the likeness of the revered peace symbol, Mahatma Gandhi.
TAINT, Pt.1 began with three women on different colored yoga mats doing yoga to an iPhone yoga app called “All-In Yoga: 300 Poses.” While one performer on the right appeared to be diligent, the other two were intermittently vexed by text messages and other phone-related constructs of our current society, along with water bottles and other distractions. For more than 30 minutes, they bored the crowd with their lack of understanding of good form, and inability to remove themselves from their individual desires and focus on the activity of yoga. Even the one seemingly more studious girl broke concentration for just one second to check out the posterior of her nearby mate. This alone was a boring repetition of the basic idea that somehow we in the US are doing things from other cultures just to do them.”
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