I AM THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
JAKE DIBELER & MEDALLION SINCLAIR
I have been writing performances since I was in elementary school. I am constantly writing, and my process is very basic. The performances are written sporadically during a period of time. Therefore they mimic, in a surreal diary-like form, the basic state that I am in while writing. “I am the Worst Person in the World” was written during a great period of stress. There was a point where I was looking at myself and became really unhappy with what I saw, so I wanted to explore this idea of self-disappointment.
My good friend and collaborator Medallion Sinclair was going through a similar experience, so I asked her if she wanted to work alongside me. We laid out a simple starting point: explore the darkest parts of yourself, the ones that are terrifying, the parts we hide from everyone. The piece manifested itself as a very cathartic exercise for us. We wanted to make a mess, because we wanted to perform in it, and clean it up. We also were interested in there being some danger: holding our breath with fake blood in our mouths, playing with knives, and placing ourselves in precarious positions atop a tall ladder. In my performance practice I use pop music and cultural debris as a universal entry point. The performances can become nostalgic, and the audience can displace the performers with themselves.