easy listening under truth serum: track 1 is pvi’s first piece to feature the three original pvi performers, chris williams, james mccluskey and kate neylon, and marks the beginning of the ongoing collaboration of these five artists as pvi collective. it also features pvi’s virtual perfomer b.u.d.d.i.
in easy listening, pvi delve into the world amateur karaoke with research expeditions introducing them to dingy bars and excruciating displays of second rate crooning. testosterone levels are high as male competitiveness is display in ugly confrontations of leg slapping and frank sinatra renditions.
under the glare of disco lighting and surrounded by silver curtains, an 18 carat manic depressive and his lame ass joker side-kick made fake whiskey, rehearse for their 15 minutes of fame and leered at jiggergirl dancing in the corner. the referee and master of ceremonies is b.u.d.d.i., who combines the cool, hip and finger clicking style of jack kerouac, lenny bruce and william burroughs leaving politically correctness at the door. audience members are witness to possible ufo sightings, magic moments and the constant question of who will get the girl…
outside in the street we skip along with glee and talk about how fucking fantastic all of that was. how unlike anything we’d seen before. how it touched on something so potent and honest about contemporary human relations and technological advancement.””
bec dean, audience implication – artlink vol 24. 2004
devised by: pvi collective
performed by: james mccluskey, kate neylon and chris williams
yirra yaakin theatre , perth wa. artrage festival sept – oct 1998