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Performance

Untitled War

Contemporary warfare can be such a bore: Bombarding military targets from way up high in the sky means little shock and awe for the extreme-sports enthusiast. Somehow, artist Brody Condon works to fulfill our thirst for an honest, old-timey, proper medieval battle by fabricating history and referencing computer games. His earlier violent works include the Columbine–inspired Adam Killer, and a collaboration on the c-level lab’s Waco: Resurrection from the “End Games” series. In a departure from game hacking, Condon fleshes out Untitled War with troops from the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), who, according to plan, “will endure an ongoing First Person Shooter Game-Style Deathmatch battle in a sculptural environment.” Essentially, real live warriors trained in martial arts will fight to the “death,” role-playing in serious garb and weaponry ranging from Roman Centurion to Early Crusader, with a Mongol and a Viking or two thrown in for good measure. All this realness happens not on a Renaissance Fair–adjacent battleground, but within the confines of the Machine Project Gallery. Not to worry, there should be minimal incidents of friendly fire, i.e. innocent bystanders getting their skulls crushed in by a spiked ball or impaled on a lance, as spectator-view video cameras will live-feed the warring next door into the Echo Park Film Center. Untitled War at Machine Project, 1200-D N. Alvarado St., Echo Park; Sat., July 17, 6-8 p.m. (213) 483-8761.

—Ron Athey

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