Vivian Babuts is a performance artist and photographer.
Since 1995 she has been photographing radical and contemporary
women performance artists, while performing her own solo work.
Babuts' work explores the identity of the "other,"
and delves into issues of rage, deviance, illness, and the divine.
She has presented her work at various locations and spaces throughout
New York City including Dixon Place, WOW Café Theater,
and LaMama Theater-annex. Most recently she has lectured and
performed at the 12th Annual Matrilineage Symposium at Syracuse
University. In the summer of 2002, Babuts curated at the Spark
Art Center in Syracuse The Trans'cendental Wimmin's Culture
Clash, a group show featuring "experimental performance
art by and for women and transgender folk" from the Central
New York community.
The project will be divided into two parts. The first part will
be the creation of a collection of performances which will comprise
an evening length show that Babuts plans to take on tour. The
performances combine the physicality of the human medium with
spoken text, photographic images, and other various media. The
second part consists of unsolicited daytime performances at
museums or galleries in which the space will become an instant
collaborator. The artist sees these performance in the gallery
not as an intrusion but an expression of the freedom and survival
of the self, at the same time drawing attention to the privatization
and privileging of space itself.