Kelley's half-hour drama inspired by a photograph of a school play found in a high school yearbook
In conjunction with the retrospective exhibition on view at MoMA PS1, MoMA presents Mike Kelley’s Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene), a half-hour drama inspired by a photograph of a school play found in a high school yearbook.
Written and directed by Kelley in 2000, this one-act melodrama explores the psychologically fraught relationship between two men as it unfolds in a room centered around a gas stove. This video was the inaugural installment of Kelley’s monumental 36-part project, a series of performance works intended to fill in the blanks left by forgotten or repressed memories, with narratives of standardized abuse.
Presented here alongside photographs documenting the set and actors, EAPR #1 is a touchstone in Kelley’s profound experiment with video, and his career-long investigation of imaginary or remembered architectural forms.