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weather festival - NOW YOU ARE SAFE FROM THEM - marcus whale

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Published on May 4, 2012

"Now You Are Safe From Them" by Marcus Whale
Featuring contact dancers Ashley Macqueen and Caterina Mocciola, Laura Altman (clarinet), Monica Brooks (accordion), Lachlan Hughes (accordion), Jeremy Tatar (flute), Marcus Whale (drones)

April 9 2012
Serial Space Sydney
Weather Festival

I moved into my current room on Abercrombie St Chippendale in December 2010, my first time living away from my parents. I've heard that Chippendale was once swampland and out of its old moist come the summer mosquitos, these that, on my first night sleeping there, bit me over a hundred times over my arms, legs and back. Shortly after, I had the most severe flu I've ever had, two days spent leaking my drool onto my sheets (blue mattress, little drummer boy doona cover).

By then I had learned to close the door, with its sticker reading "now you are safe from them" as some kind of corny affirmation of homeliness that, during this teething process, came to codify time spent lathered in light from the bathroom showroom across the road, light from the 7am sun angled, light filtered through blue-green curtains as the only indication of an outside. Now, you are invited into my room, singing, yelling, twiddling, dancing, sounding out its duration like so many bedroom parties spilled in with messy intimacy, growing simple.

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