(MORE) PROPOSITIONS FOR THE AIDS MUSEUM is an interdisciplinary production that focuses on complex ways of remembering of the AIDS crisis. By blending music, images, the written word and the human body itself, the team behind this show attempts to make sense of histories that are often erased from official accounts, all the while reflecting on the urgencies of that battle in the modern political climate. Building on a kaleidoscopic perspective rather than a didactic one, (M)PFTAM explores how anger and hope, even today, have a role in political action.
An artist dies of AIDS in architectural isolation; an activist group contends with the impulse to forget everything and party; a solitary drag queen prepares for the stage; historical accounts, new and period music, movement, and protest slogans are braided and unbraided in a web of sensory and affective tableaux posing simultaneous questions about the mutual insufficiency of art and activism.
An unraveling, disparate presentation of scenes is the modus operandi, as the show plays with repetition, contamination and free association. The multidisciplinarity of the performers is foregrounded at every turn, and with them, projets hybris creates a living museum, an organized chaos. A sustained focus on the body itself as the epicenter of this crisis, along with the role of memory in cultural production. In the place of nostalgia, an iconoclastic irony is employed, defusing the tragic impulse.