-On us, defined by they

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 on Us, Defined by They' is a video performance presented during Generation Ship, a site-specific performative tour of Mana Contemporary curated by Caitlin Baucom February 2017.

Masculine Ken ... The "Therapist"

Masculine Ken ... The Threat 

Ushers ... Liam Benzvi, Gina Chiappetta, Sharleen Noha Chidiac, Gabriella Garcia and Merritt Meacham.

Raw footage shot by Pedro Lopez, illustrations by Neil Gilks, watercolor animations by Katie Armstrong