Hannah Wilke 1940-1993
Intercourse with... (1978)

1978, 27 min, b&w, sound
In this haunting performance, Wilke conflates the private and the public as autobiographical theater. The audience "eavesdrops" on a series of phone messages intended for Wilke, recorded from her answering machine. This voice-over litany of messages becomes an intimate if one-sided narrative of Wilke's life, a diary of personal and professional relationships — family, lovers, friends, colleagues — that is oddly elegiac. Wilke strips to reveal that her body is covered with the names of the individuals we have heard speaking; she then methodically removes the names until all traces have disappeared.

Performance-lecture held at the London Arts Gallery, London, Ontario, February 17, 1977. Camera: Greg Ludlow, Steve Gorsh. Audio: Peter Gordon.

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Hannah Wilke in UbuWeb Sound