Poisoned: Behind that Grid There is a Maze

Lecture-performance 2019, 40 min - 1 hour.

Taking as a starting platform an opium poppy field that within the extension of the performance becomes a territorial border, a vanishing point, a cenital view and the sexual parts of a staged character, Poisoned navigates the exploitation, criminalization, synthetization and isolation of opium. This approach gets complemented by another thematic vector: the reproduction of war and the colonial imposition of cash crops in different zones of the Global South.

The work explores both ecological and social trauma, as well as public health crises as structural effects of corporate and military control on geographies and bodies. The piece is part of a series that explores the work and legacy of Antonin Artaud and his artistic statements in connection with the use of narcotics.

Lecture-performance at punt WG, Amsterdam, 2019


Lecture-performance documentation at Framer Framed, Amsterdam, 2019


Papaver somniferum sample archived at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, under the Opium Law (Sample cannot leave the building).