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Rebecca Cunningham

first performed on September 8, 2011
Queensland Performance Arts Centre [QPAC], Brisbane, Australia
performed five times in 2011


Brisbane, Australia

                                   ONE is a performance that may take
                                   ONE lifetime
                                   ONE person sitting opposite
                                   ONE person
                          there is ONE exchange
                                   ONE sample of DNA is collected
                        if desired ONE sample of DNA is exchanged
                  this will happen ONE million times
                             until ONE million samples have been collected
                              once ONE million samples
                              from ONE million people have been collected each
DNA sample will be imaged and from ONE million DNA images
                                   ONE will be made
       a composite of all becoming ONE

This century, will we genetically modify food, pets, our children, ourselves? Information and sharing information is reaching immense speeds and saturation, but what happens to that gray area between public and private? When are our bodies our own, and when are we the property of the global social corpus? Living in times where we rarely put ourselves in situations where we need to trust each other, and in most cases given more reason to distrust, will you trust me with your most intimate material? Your DNA? ONE cannot exist without you.

“One” is a durational performance by me and all of you. This work will be performed repeatedly over the coming years.