Newcall Gallery

Monday, July 14, 2008

BITER BIT - Raised by Wolves

A Raised by Wolves performance

Friday 18 July 5.30pm
The performance will be held at the entrance to Newcall Gallery, Hohipere Street

The author Russell Banks once said…
There's a kind of story I've always loved. It usually involves two characters, someone pursued and someone pursuing, predator and prey. And at intervals the roles reverse, the prey becomes the predator, and I wanted to try that as a structural device to see if it could be extended over the length of an entire novel – usually it's a short story. There's a great short story - Flannery O'Connor's 'The Artificial Nigger' - that operates that way, the two characters the grandfather and the boy. And then there's a great Cheever story, I think it's called 'No room for you my brother' And then a great Aurora Welty story called 'Too late for you my love'. That structure has fascinated me for a long time. I think it's probably a very basic ancient format for story telling. In fact, I think in the eighteenth century, they called it 'the biter bit'.

A swimmer is drowning, another swimmer goes in to save them. The saver is smothered by the drowning swimmer. The saver begins to drown.

Biddy Livesey and Amy Howden-Chapman are Raised by Wolves, a Wellington-based performance art duo.