THE TEMPORARY AND HEROIC TRANSCENDENCE OF ONE'S FATE

(2008, trt: 24 min 44 sec) In 2007 Mario Cuellar, then the head security guard at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, volunteered for one of my video projects. He delivered a surprisingly moving performance for such a shy and reserved man. After Mario asked me several times about other performance opportunities, I decided to create a vehicle for him and his intense desire to be seen. Exploring our similarities and differences, I asked Mario to play me and himself in a series of staged dramas. This disruption of gender and identity is paired with an examination of the various techniques one uses to grapple with and transcend mortality in the midst of daily life.