Saturday 16 May 2015
2 to 6pm

Sunday 17 May 2015
1 to 5pm

The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11 201
[between Smith & Court streets]

concept and creation by David Thomson, in collaboration with Peter Born and Clarinda Mac Low.

Entangled as we are with total freedom.   An intimate discussion of our chimerical nature, one-on-one, with a mythical beast.  A tactile exchange.  Rope.


The Venus Knot is a durational performance installation-as-process that mines the questions and thoughts surrounding freedom and surrender in our lives.

A two-part installation consisting of a life-size video projected onto white balloons and audio recordings of inner monologues occupied the first three quarters of the space. Individuals were also invited to walk past the installation into a small hallway that led to Venus, visible only through a reflection in a mirror. Here they had intimate conversations about perspectives on, sources of and contradictions within their own identity. At the end of each interaction a unique knot of rope created during the conversation was given to guest.

Performed 4 hrs each day, the installation involved over 45 individual conversations over the course of two days.





This installation/performance has been made possible, in part, with support from The Robison Foundation and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



photo credits: Simon Courchel & Peter Born