Vigilantes: The Dream of Reason


Vigilantes: The Dream of Reason
Edited by Tania Bruguera
Design by Bill Pusztai
2004, 36 pp. (including 6 pp of b/w images)

Introductory text and performance descriptions by Tania Bruguera; plus essays by Tagny Duff and Erin Manning.

From the Time Zones Residency, curated by Tagny Duff

Vigilantes: The Dream of Reason is a small book reminiscent of a group of plane tickets in a travel folder that documents a series of liminal performances dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire. Produced in conjunction with the TIME ZONE residency curated by Tagny Duff, with internationally acclaimed Cuban artists Glenda León and Tania Bruguera.

During the residency, Bruguera will commute weekly between Chicago and Canada (first to Montreal and then to Toronto), using these trips as an opportunity to perform for the unsuspecting audience of her fellow travelers.

Bruguera describes Vigilantes –the dream of reason creates monsters– as “…a series of performances dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire; with the tension that can be found in a state of emotional vigilia, which is the state between being awake and asleep. Each piece will have several layers of appreciation, either from the position of the audience or of their level of boldness. These will be pieces that talk about the false strength and the hidden fragility.”


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