Photo credits: Hans Jörg Pfister-Köfler, PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON 2018, Zurich Switzerland.
"I promise to love, to cherish and to honour you in sickness and in health"
The oatH_'A-Z' is an ongoing performance project that borrows and appropriate rituals of swearing oaths, making vows and pledges [into] and at different spaces, places, times, with different people and in cultures as very strong elements to performance energy while reenacting similar art and acts through the series of "A to Z".
The performance brings most or all audience into a participatory dialogue and reflections where they make vows similar to 'marriage or love cults' to each other whether they are friends, families, strangers, or even enemies. It seeks also collapses the concept of audience as spectators in performance art as well as social challenges to human relationship.
However, the "oatH" is an attempt to reinvent a post-religious/ post-colonial notions of covenant that will be closely spiritual other than religious worldview to human relationship and love, by way of examining the concept of intimacy, commitment and dis-othering.
It is an act and art of swearing of oaths, making vows and pledging to one another a ‘love’ that shall be non-racial, non-gendered, non-religious, non-ethnic, non-sexist and non-godly but rather viewed on the fundamental basis of sharing common elements of the body, life, blood and soul as humans. It is to collapse the borders and boundaries of race and gender as well as class while confronting our own ego and fear to otherness.