House Rules (Lower Body Protest (LBP)), 2020
Live screen performance
Printed as part of the hospital letterhead on your patient surveys in tiny, bold text:
Lower Body Protest (LBP).
You are a professional swimmer and your leg breaks. No one knows why. Although everyone else in this universe relies on their legs for walking, it’s against social norms to use vision below the waist.
You try to swim with your broken leg. It gets worse. The effects spiral, too endless to name. They become widespread, mixed up. Life as you know it is impossible. You keep doing the best you can, because what else can you do. You go to doctors of all kinds; they don’t know what to tell you. Not much is known about treating legs. Standard medical approaches for LBP? softshrugs, painkillers, musclerelaxants, indifferentandinfinitereferrals to specialistsandCENTERS. Most people have their legs and can use them. Legs, are, usually, just, THERE.
You tape your hospital letterhead to the door to remind you it’s not all in your head. You try to not care that it might as well be while you remain in this legless world.
a) You become a torture designer.
b) You become a freak.
c) You work out how to throw a little party.
d) You ___________________.