About our Shows

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photo: Marianne Williams

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ART OF BLEEDING SHOW?

Borrowing the circus concept of “three-ring” entertainment, our presentations mutate multiple streams of pre-recorded narrative and live performance into a memorable and subjective whole. Useful information on safety, health, and anatomy is relayed through powerful and ever-changing modalities of sound, light and music. Harmonic progressions and rhythmic iteration awaken instinctual understanding of emergency response. Roles of student and teacher violently merge in realistic smoke-filled pandemonium, and new truths are unleashed.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Accelerated learning, emotional imprinting, stimulating, often vertiginous, feelings of “having been there” accompanied by overpowering, sometimes inexplicable emotional convictions and insomnia. Many audience members have been known to shed tears. Others return home humming sprightly snatches of song. Test scores may improve or decline dramatically, but in neither case offer adequate measure of program efficacy.

WILL I LEARN FIRST AID OR CPR?

Various emergency rescue techniques may be employed during presentations, but Art of Bleeding offers no program of formal certification.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED?

Each Art of Bleeding presentation is unique. Past presentations have touched upon questions such as: What happens to a human body when struck by lightning? Are there secret signs and affinities created by physical trauma? What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning? Can the comatose communicate with those around them in the same way as the dead? How long can the brain survive without oxygen? What are some of the erotic parallels to the experience of death and dismemberment?

MY NEIGHBOR WENT TO AN ART OF BLEEDING PRESENTATION AND SAID IT WAS TOO MUCH FOR HIM. WHY DO SOME PEOPLE REACT SO STRONGLY?

Staged around a working ambulance, our audiences will experience many of the sights and sounds of an actual medical emergency. For some, the gushing fluids, cries and fumes can be overwhelming. For others it is the program’s rapid-fire cataloging of countless forms of suffering, mutilation, and disfigurement. Yet these elements form only a small part of Art of Bleeding presentations. Violently disturbing content is juxtaposed in equal measure with lackadaisical and seemingly absurd references to pop music, pop culture, and golf. While most find relief in this counterpoint, others experience an unsettling sense of dissonance and are disturbed by juxtapositions they find “disrespectful” or “stupid.” Anger is a frequent and understandable response.

 

WHERE COULD I EXPECT TO SEE AN ART OF BLEEDING PERFORMANCE?

The short answer would be: anywhere with room to park an ambulance and assemble a crowd. But it’s more complicated than that. Though phantasmogoric training is not yet a universally accepted pedagogical technique, we believe that one day, presentations like Art of Bleeding will be employed by all progressive institutions of learning. While related programs have been favorably received in schools, universities, and work-training settings, Art of Bleeding presentations currently find more ready acceptance in entertainment-oriented environments such as community art centers, nightclubs, and state fairs.