“The Now! Body – A One Night, Life Changing, All-over Body Xtreme New Power Revolution”takes fitness culture to the extreme to draw attention to and make light of its tropes. Christina Weaver, Nathan Perry and Katie Jacobs examine the underlying ideas of instant gratification, body-image and self-improvement in Western culture.
“The Now! Body” investigates the all-encompassing nature of graduate school and the difficulty of including sports practice in any contemporary busy lifestyle.
“The Now! Body”is an interactive installation which encourages participation in a two hour fitness video which promises to entirely overhaul your physical health (implicitly failing to deliver this promise).
Christina Weaver, Katie Jacobs and Nathan Perry will be facilitators and participants of a remixed fitness video shouting encouragements, performing and enacting the movements described in the projected video. Exhibition visitors are encouraged to focus on enjoying the moment, moving one’s body and enjoying the silliness and celebratory nature of “Exhibition as Party”. The performative nature of the gym will be examined through the use of over-the-top movements, speeded up high-intensity soundtracks to the video and before and after photographs of exhibition visitors uploaded to a live website.
The Fuller Projects is located at McCalla School at 525 E. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN (corner of 10th and Indiana).
The exhibition opens 28th February 2014, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.
Lycra is very much encouraged. You may borrow gym gear (t-shirts and some leggings, shorts available), or bring your own. Gym mats, 1 pound weights to borrow and “The Now! Body” Sports Drink will be provided. For more information and images, see www.thenowbody.tumblr.com
Christina Weaver’s Statistics
Weight: 143 lbs
Goal Weight: 142.5 lbs
Diets: Phase 3 South Beach Diet, The Don’t-Eat-For-A-Couple-Days Slimdown
Skills: Indoor Short-Range Bow Enthusiast (3.2 lb)
Extended Pull-up Bar Hang (13 seconds)
Christina Weaver has been attempting workout videos since 2001.
Katie Jacobs’ Statistics
Weight: Haven’t checked since 1992 when it was 52 kgs/115 lbs.
Goal Weight: 7 lbs (birth weight)
Diets: The “Its Friday night so I can drink a 2L Coke and eat a pizza and watch tv because I’m 19 right?” Diet and the Post-Christmas Leftover Diet
Skills: Triple Jump, Clay Wedging (1 pound), Vocal Warm-ups
Katie Jacobs loves social team sports.
Nathan Perry’s Statistics
Weight: 233 lbs
Goal Weight: 195 Lbs
Skills: 11 Drunk-Clap-Push-Ups, 16” calves
Diets: Cabbage Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian
Fitness Video of Choice: The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout
Nathan Perry dreams of pizza.