Plastic Bag Tie-Up

1972, 21:16 min, b&w, sound

In this harrowing performance, Ramos and another man (the artist Lowell Darling) are blindfolded, their hands and feet bound, and sealed into body-sized plastic bags. Over the course of twenty minutes, the men struggle to escape from the clear plastic bags. The real-time performance creates a palpable tension in the viewer as the men writhe inside the bags. Ramos created and performed this piece at Cal Arts, shortly after he had been released from federal prison, where he had served eighteen months for resisting the draft during the Vietnam War.

Performers: Anthony Ramos, Joe Ray, Lowell Darling.

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