Nelson Loskamp will be performing Electric Chaircuts as a part of the Art Under the Bridge Festival in DUMBO.
Nelson's Electric Chaircut
Sunday September 27Th
at the walkway under the Manhattan Bridge
Pearl St. and Water St.
Nelson’s Electric Chaircut is an interactive, electro-sonic, hair cut performance. After a brief consultation and the signing of a release form, Volunteers are taped to the chair. Their eyes and mouth are also taped to symbolize the fetishism of appearance. The Volunteer’s hair is then cut by Nelson, the original master of electro-sonic hair design. His various implements are amplified, scissors and clippers wired to effects pedals, slung round his waist, and blasted through an amplifier strapped to his back. The whacking haircutting sounds reverberates in a trance like cacophony of seemingly random patterns, as the true stylistic nature of the volunteer is released.
Originally conceived in San Francisco Nelson’s Electric Chaircut has been performed world wide since 1989.
"In my work I am alluding to our willingness to participate in what Michel Foucault called conditioning of the body. I am also exploring the dichotomy between image and emotion; how we look, as opposed to how we feel and what does that sound like.
Hair is a powerful metaphor for strength, beauty, potency, faith and even mourning. It is cut, burned, shorn, braided into jewelry as a keepsake; it is colored, curled and straightened, manipulated in every conceivable manner to convey a statement in the culture in which it is presented! This powerful symbol, which grows from our heads is temporary and regenerative, which allows us to experiment with it, change it and change who we are. Hair and identity are closely linked, now just as it has been for thousands of years.
Those who choose to participate in the performance are placing their trust in a complete stranger, who will physically remove a portion of their identity. I was also interested in the post Cage notion of making musical compositions out of the ordinary everyday experiences. What could be better than the sound of hair falling? Well, it could be loud."