Title

The 3 Pigs: Interactive performance

Semester

Spring

Date of Graduation

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

College of Creative Arts

Department

Intermedia & Photography

Committee Chair

Gerald Habarth.

Abstract

"The 3 Pigs," by Ana Torres Villarreal, is an interactive performance, a dramatic parody within the realm of conceptual art. Transplanting the moral from a traditional tale, "The Three Little Pigs," to a current world of politics and iconized and institutional ideas, "The 3 Pigs" questions definitions and ways of acting. The objective was to trigger the interactive process and bring awareness to alliances that attribute identities and provokes fear towards the other. The pigs-wolves situation and the gallery-artist situation are related to the U.S.-Mexico situation. Connected by the idea for the need for "walls" to protect' them from a specific interaction, fear converts society, represented by the pigs and audience members, into the terrorists, the wolves. The script treats fear as a major ingredient for failure and an instrument for political manipulation. The "other" becomes the wolf, and the "wall" becomes a symbol. Separating the good ones (pigs) and the bad ones (wolves), the symbol acquires major importance.

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