ALMOST THE SAME PIECE: Two to five people, naked. In front of an audience. If possible: weep. Cheat visibly by using cut-up onions, if that feels right. Use duct tape, strong string and a whole heap of plastic wrap to attach as much scavenged trash to the bodies as possible so that the bodies are probably no longer visible. Loosen that which hides (if necessary with a scissor) and place it on the floor in a human-like condition. Leave the space after spitting on the human-like.
BODY MODIFICATION PILE: Hire two to five people. Supply them with a reasonable budget. Their chores consist of gathering, transporting and bringing to a room meant for art piles of unspecified garbage and sacks of salt. As they’re being stacked, the sacks should be slashed thoroughly. They should leak quite a bit until almost empty. Make sure that an audience is present for all activities. Make sure that the audience understands that the work is about burial and cooking—but make sure they are informed ahead of time. End with a darkening and a beeping signal.
LITTLE FISH (FAMILY GATHERING): Buy, find or steal one hundred jetblack objects about the size of newborn babies. Tie them together with so much black duct tape that it’s impossible to recognize the objects. Cover in a hockey net and tighten the net with the help of black zip ties, trimming extra string with a scissor. Transport to a suitable space, where a suitably dressed audience will throw hockey pucks, black aquarium gravel and tar at the cocoon. This task should be carried out as aggressively as the audience is able, and dares. End with a simple dinner and silence.
GETTING RID OF ME: Cut out all the faces from a daily newspaper. Leave them in the freezer for twenty-four hours. Dip the faces one by one into sugar glaze and dredge in flour. Fry them up and place them far apart from each other on a black table.
THE TWENTY-SEVEN CLUB: Take twenty-seven selfies with closed eyes and open mouth inside a black garbage bag. Print on high quality paper. Frame and exhibit in a gallery.
THE TWENTY-SEVEN CLUB (BETTER VERSION): Take twenty-seven selfies with closed eyes and open mouth inside a black garbage bag. Present and disseminate however you wish.
Bio: Leif Holmstrand (b. 1972) is writer, poet, visual artist and a musician. His art tends to involve heavy sculptural installations built from garbage, textile and manipulated furniture, sound installations, crochetings, knittings, texts, and video, often all at once. Performance art is also a key part of his work. A lot of the projects are small parts of a much larger, possibly collective, queer activist work. Recent works deal with bugchasing, waste as readable cultural artifacts, sickness, perversion, and death. Holmstrand has published a vast number of books and chapbooks, both via small presses and Bonniers. His two first books were written under the pseudonym Anna-Maria Ytterbom. View more of his work at leifholmstrand.se.
Bio: Johannes Göransson is the author of six books of poetry, a book of diary entries ( POETRY AGAINST ALL (forthcoming, fall 2019), and a critical book about translation (Transgressive Circulation: Essays on Translation). He has also translated a number of poets, including Aase Berg, Ann Jäderlund and Kim Yideum. He edits Action Books and teaches at the University of Notre Dame.