Money is for supper, excess and clutter.
Money put me in the gutter,
Money is a real motherfucker.
GONE FOR GOLD (2012) is an allegorical critique of the contemporary American condition of wondering and wandering. This searching is generated from questions regarding what constitutes value in the face of the many discouraging social and economic crises. Not only is the obvious topic of money in the script of this performance, it is joined by multiple issues seeking justice through understanding and action. These include the forms of prejudice located in and around gender, race, sexual orientation, and class.
The narrative in GONE FOR GOLD is comprised of spoken rhyming verse combined with seven songs, symbolizing a deeper navigation of an advanced society and its conflicted morals. Much like the Dadaists of the early 20th century TMO LIVE! performs in the cabaret style to merge politics and entertainment with the intent of activating change within the audiences he engages.
But my desire for something real was what drove my search
I wanted something to hold from this Earth, not from their glamour church.
LOS ANGELES / MMXII
BRAUNSCHWEIG / Artists As Travellers / Hochschule für Bildende Künste
KASSEL / 12 Ballads for the Huguenot House / dOCUMENTA(13)
COPENHAGEN / Toves Galleri
AMSTERDAM / W139
LONDON / Hot August Fringe / Royal Vauxhall Tavern
ST. ERME / Performing Arts Forum
BERLIN / Liebig12
OSLO / Fredensborgveien 29
STAVANGER / Rogaland Kunstsenter
NEW YORK CITY / AUNTS
LOS ANGELES / PIETERSPACE
book design by Ania Diakoff