Gut 4: claim

7-minute digital video, 2.5-hour performance, 2006-2008

For Gut 4: claim, I placed a 28-foot line of rice in a Savannah, GA street. I ate this food, whose length references the length of the female human intestine, from the ground during a 2.5-hour performance. This event occurred in an area of consistent gun violence as gentrification was swiftly taking hold. I was looking to offer a new way to see this place and to cleanse it through my action. I chose rice, as it is the most consumed staple in the world as well as a purifying food in Chinese medicine.