Game Time

2017

Performance (duration: 14 minutes), iPhone, projector

 

Performed by actor James Freeman at Hercules Art Studio Program, New York

 

In Game Time, actor James Freeman theatrically conflates the emotional Youtube testimony of a man about to undergo major heart surgery with a semi-improvised story of his own recent cardiac procedure. A new character emerges between the two, situating the audience somewhere between a specific, visceral experience of the actor’s body and an abstract generalization of amateur online testimony. Building on Lichtman’s interest in amateur broadcasters and their communities, this new performance work frames the online medical testimony as a space of potentially real solidarity, but an equally stark aloneness--another way to have a broken heart.