The Mythic Being Cycle I: 2/66 (1974; 00:14:00)
The soundtrack of a meditative, durational rehearsal for a street performance I did over a four-year period, from 1972 to 1976, in drag as a young male of color. I wore Afro, shades, moustache, and smoked a Tiparillo. I visited certain culture-related locales around the city: art gallery openings, concerts, films, plays, etc., as well as took the subways and buses and walked the streets at night in different neighborhoods. In order to focus my attention and maintain my composure during the performance, I focussed on a mantra: a passage from the personal journal I have been keeping since pre-adolescence, which I simultaneously published in the Village Voice on a monthly basis. The dates of the passages were chosen according to a complex permutational system. In content, I selected passages expressive of some personal issue I was grappling with at the time. Repeating the passage was a way of defusing and transcending the issue. In this recording I rehearse my repetition of the mantra of the month, with occasional Freudian slips.