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2 October 1995
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
• Announcement of the performance
• Setting up of the “pump station”
• Decoding of power
• Power of decoding
• A speech by a volunteer imam: Fatwas to Young Ladies
Materials: 11 plungers and white bed sheet, surgical gloves, packaged shit, imam’s fez and a hand made ‘macrophone’
In order to announce the performance, I walked around the campus and gave small leaflets to 400 people. I wore a happy face mask and displayed black plungers on my head and over my crotch.
To begin the performance I shouted loudly with a handmade amplifier. When people gathered, I started the performance.
First, I set up the “pump station” by spreading a white bed sheet on the ground and putting the 11 plungers on it .
In order to decode the idea of power I had to assume the power of decoding. I gave packaged feces to the audience while I spoke about the importance of this decoding process. People were confused about the content.
Finally, as a volunteer imam, I delivered a prewritten speech called “fatwas to young ladies”. I preached about Islam and sex-related issues giving everyday advice to young women. I referenced sacred texts, the Koran and hadith (Sayings of Muhammad). Hadith are considered the literature of the Koran and describe every minute detail of social life.