Tari and Masa’s Visit and “Rubber Tit” Performance

The very first part of Tari and Masa’s performance was very interesting. You see Tari in the ‘closet’ playing with the microphone in her mouth and Masa’s saxophone sounds making wind noises, and the nightvision camera showing us her ‘secrets’ projected onto the screen. The sounds, the lighting, the moving, all combined created a very dramatic feeling. It gave a very mystified feeling. The Masa’s saxaphone gave the performance more flavor, increasing the dynamic of the act. Eventually Tari came out of her crate and inflated a rubber tit. As the rubber tit inflated, she freely moved around the room wiht it. I could not help myself from laughing at some points when the gigantic rubber tit was bouncing around the room. It was especially funny to me when she just jumped into the Tit, as well as when she jiggled the Tit up and down. I think it’s great that Tari gets to act out her coming out experince in such a creative open way as well as for Masa to play her music that replaces her words. The performance was definitely worth watching.The best part of the performance was that the entire act was open to your personal interpretation. From the discussion we had about the act in class, it seemed that everyone had their own interpretation of what was going on, and what Tari and Masa was trying to tell us. The video we saw in class about the documentary on Tari was also really interesting. It showed us other examples of her performances. It was interesting to see a glimpse of the act where she worked with her own mother, and it looked like she was rolling a ball of yarn with her mother across the screen.

At first, after I watched their performance, I was a bit baffled at the reasons she did things the way she did. I was not sure why the Tit had to be rubber, why it was so big, and why she used the projector. But after meeting Tari and Masa, asking them many questions, and watching Tari’s documentary, it helped me understand a lot better of where their reasons behind their act originated from. She chose the Tit for universality (and she loves the Tit!), the projection was used to show us that she was letting us peek into her secret in the closet, and she did not preplan her actions – instead she took one action at a time inspired from each moment.

I learned so much from them, and they were a pleasure to talk to. I was really suprised at how shy Tari was! Especially when we watched her documentary, she kept laughing and blushing at watching herself perform. After her live performance I thought she would be the most energetic, loud, aggressive activist, with so much courage to put on a show with a big rubber Tit. The courageous part is definitely true, and as well she is energetic, loud, and agressive but through her special pantomime medium. Rather than strong words that could be easily overheard or miscommunicated, Tari uses her performance skills (and her awesome latex, paper mache skills) to communicate her ideas to the world. I think it is amazing that one person can make such a big impact. It seems that many people are catching on with the feminist movement and I really appreciate all the work both Tari and Masa have done. I hope to see another one of Tari’s performances in the future.

I was truly inspired by them to speak out if I want to be heard!

 

– Miho

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