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An Extraordinary Rendition was commissioned as part of the project Goat Island Archive—we have discovered the performance by making it, a celebration of the work of the highly influential performance company Goat Island.

Digging deep into the archive, the work was conceived as a response to Goat Island’s first work, Soldier, Child, Tortured Man (1987). Unearthing an architecture of athleticism, spectacle and domination, the original work explores the militarization of daily living on an individual and societal level.

hancock & kelly’s response investigates power structures and points of resistance in relation to gender, toxic masculinity, complicity, and the devastating white liberal project of cultural guardianship; exploring notions of systemic violence through diverse references to militarization, spectacle, fraternity hazing rituals, and abstracted cheerleader routines.


50-minute performance with white cotton towels, blonde wigs, white paper, flashlights, white latex balloons, pink fake Chanel suit, and custom built steps.
Performance Goat Island Archive—We Have Discovered the Performance By Making It, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, US (2019) & IN>TIME Festival, 6018 North, Chicago, US (2019)
Photo and video credits School of the Arts Institute of Chicago

For further on hancock & kelly visit https://www.hancockandkelly.com/