Rise of the Cyborg, originates from undergoing an autologous stem cell transplant: where medical infrastructure and biomedical engineering would be creating life where there was almost death. A performance to create a reality consisting of grotesque powerful imagery relating to and about disability identity. Inspired by the comparison of the “monster” from Frankenstein coming to life and undergoing a stem cell transplant.
The performer stood on the small steel platform for two hours to withstand and depict the physical and mental pain involved in hospitalization, the spectacle of monstrosity and analyzation of abnormalcy. A transformation of space occurs, as the performance venue becomes the hospital, and the audience the guests entering my patient room.