-ON THE SECRET WE SHARE
Chapter IV: Masculine Ken addresses the stigma around mental illnesses. Ken and his counterparts openly embody and embrace various stages of mental disturbances in an attempt to heal the secret that we share.
Vocals ... Glasser
Cello ... YoungGun Lee
Chapter III: Masculine Ken attends a private dinner party not as a guest, but as the show.
"The photographs stretch our credulity, even numb our minds and senses to the full extent...but they must be examined if we are to understand how normal men and women could live with, participate in, and defend such atrocities, even reinterpret them so they would not see themselves or be perceived as less than civilized...Few had any ethical qualms about their actions."
Chapter II: In the near future, Masculine Ken is awoken yet again from a peculiar dream. Ken has been admitted to a correctional facility due to his delusions of reality that have rendered him a defective member of society. In these dreams, Ken exists not as himself but as another, challenging a not so different establishment. Ken identifies with a man by the name of James Baldwin, a man who instills in him belief in autonomy, in privacy, in freedom of speech, in diversity, in strength. Ken is taken in for cognitive therapy with Ken as one last effort to reprogram the source of his psychosis. As far as he, and the rest of the world knows, no such man ever existed.
Masculine Ken as the therapist shares this case study with the participants of Generation Ship with aid of the ushers to ease the intake as they download his warning.
Photography by Walter Wlodarczyk
Masculine Ken ... The "Therapist"
Masculine Ken ... The Threat
Ushers ... Liam Benzvi, Gina Chiappetta, Sharleen Noha Chidiac, Gabriella Garcia and Merritt Meacham.
Chapter I: Masculine Ken engages the audience on a discussion about mental health.