a performance by
Eames Armstrong, J.J. McCracken and Ian McDermott featuring Marc Blackwood and Sy.Newt McCracken
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Artisphere - Rosslyn, VA
Second Forum of Performance
In Conjunction with Wilmer Wilson IV: The Forever Aftermath, curated by Laura Roulet
Special thanks to Cynthia Connolly and Artisphere, to Laura Roulet and Wilmer Wilson IV
Thanks also to George Hommowun and crew
and Margaret Boozer and Red Dirt Studio for project support.
On Memory and Goldfish
By Eames Armstrong
I won both goldfish at the fair. I tossed the little ball into a gold cup, twice. I let Willie carry one of them for me, it was nice of him so I wouldn't drop one of the two goldfish I won. He didn't win any and I felt bad so I was glad to let him carry it. He named that fish for me, I didn't want him to but it was too late. You can't unname a fish. He named my fish Scaley, and suddenly my fish became his. What a good name, I named the other fish Orangey, good but not as good. We bought a bowl for them both to live in, with rainbow pebbles. Scaley was thinner and faster, he ate all the food. Orangey died, I wept in the kitchen. Scaley lived for years, never knowing he was really mine and everyone forgot. When Scaley died Willie was too old to cry, so I cried enough for both of us.