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BioSponse Test 1, Midway Theater, Contaminate 2, Boston, Ma, March 2007

Complacent viewers & public / danger / perceived danger / safety / choice / control / manipulation / competition / compassion / anticipation / evaluation / responsibility / authority / control /
β€œTo enhance the probability of survival.”

Through out the evening I was observing the audience (along with the help of Jed Speare and Mari Novety-Jones). I needed eight people. Four participants and four evaluators. Slowly, I found them and each confirmed their willingness to participate.

The space: Raw wood floors, one area of the wall has dry wall. Four squares of white vinyl cloth were tapped to the floor in front of the wall. Four small white stools sat on each side of the wall. A medium size plastic box siat to the left of the wall. A small white table with a tray containing different object also sat to the left of the wall. I was standing to the left also. Video begins. It is informational. It tells everyone what to expect and why they are there. (Four biohazard cleanups, which will be evaluated, there will be a winner, the audience is going to witness the entire process, it will also be video taped.) I stepped forward and announce the participants and evaluators by name, and ask them to all come forward. They were each given a white t-shirt, a white hat, a biosponse kit, or an evaluation sheet. Projected on the wall behind us was a large, red biohazard symbol. Once the participants and evaluators had taken their seats, I poured hot water into a small clear bowl, and take the bowl and a razor blade to the first white square. I knelt down, soak my hand for a little while, remove the cover of the razor blade, and cut my finger. I squeezed the blood onto the white square until I felt that there was enough. I then prompted the first team to proceed with the clean up and evaluation. The clean up was slow. The participant was very methodical about reading the directions in the biosponse kit. It took about 20 minutes. No hesitation, no reaction, complete composure and professionalism. Once the first biohazard was taken care of I knew I had to move onto biohazard #3 – urine. I proceeded to the area, pulled my pants down, and urinated. Participant #3 began the clean up. Again, very methodical and seemingly unfazed by the action. No hesitation or reaction indicated. Clean up complete. I walk to cloth #2. Vomit. More than I had expected. I took a seat on the floor, cleaned off my feet and face. Clean up for biohazard #2 began. Another methodical biohazard cleanup occured. No hesitation. I was not feeling well. Dizzy. Burp. I knew at that point that biohazard #4 is going to be the same as biohazard #2 = vomit. Clean up #4 begins. Slow. Methodical. All clean ups were complete. I pulled up a large black chair and thanked everyone for participating. We began going over the evaluations. One at time. The evaluators were very good. Very observant. All participants had done very well. We decidel that the participant for Biohazard #2 was our winner! Everyone applauded. Biosponse metal was given, and a few photos are taken.

Photos by Vela Phelan.