Garden BedAs part of Terraformer's "Graveyard"
On May 2nd I visited the Terraformer at 11:00 PM for the performance. I prepared the land by clearing sticks, rocks, and refuse from what would be the area of my performance, and constructed a 3' x 6' frame out of the sticks and stones. After digging a hole in my newly created space, I laid out my sleeping bag and performed an act of love with myself, the earth and the neighborhood, releasing my seed into the ground. Shortly after, I also took a male fertility test.
The following Sunday I returned to Terraformer to till the earth where my seed lay and make it proper for growth, removing any weeds, rocks, and sticks in the area and forming the earth into a mound above my seed. At the top of the mound sat the fertility test, with the sensor stuck into the dirt, and the results displayed on the test. A metal construction pole was hammered into the corner of my space, with the instructions for how to read the test results attached. The area which began as abandoned, has now served as home, bed, garden, grave, and gallery. The fertility test indicated how many dead sperm lay in the mass grave below, and equally implied the potential ability for the soil itself to give new life. In an unexpected turn of events, the fertility test determined my sperm count to be less than 20 million (far below the average for most men), and was an indication of infertility.
Fertility test, outdoor gallery, sticks, dirt, installation, performance