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Tennis Dialogues

Catherine Elwes

Tennis Dialogues

I performed two tennis dialogues in 1979 which involved me arguing live and interminably with another me pre-recorded and playing back on a monitor.

I pinched the idea from Kevin Atherton in revenge for his lifting my anti-strip performance. The game of tennis was played independently against a real and a video simulated wall. the first dialogue was between a young, sweet and conforming Catholic version of myself and a hard-bitten, foul-mouthed adult who violently dismissed the all the nice-girls-don't rules that the little Catholic self was regurgitating. The second dialogue was between two adult selves, one the angry feminist, the other the realist who tries to teach her alter ego patience. CE

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