The simple and irrational notion that an “elastic test” can objectively discern the good moral character of a non-Western foreigner is the premise for Rozalinda Borcila and Robert Lawrence’s long-term series of live and web-cast performances. This work parallels the processes of the foreigner attempting to become citizen. Who is desirable, who fits and why: who fails to pass the desirability test and why? It is left up to the courts — the institution — to quantify this subjectivity. In all seriousness, through parody, the performance reveals and examines the unseen — the hidden — within immigration procedures and policies. Borcila and Robert will be here for a week of workshopping with local participants developing a location specific elastic test/performance. In this work they will examine ‘naturalization’ not only in the national context but, in the peculiarities of the local scene as well.
Rozalinda Borcila is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida: Performance Art, Installation, and is the Head of the 3-D area.
Robert Lawrence is the Director of Electronic Media Program in the Art Department at the University of South Florida.