Obviously (installation documentation, Dazibao 2021)

  • 2021.11.20
  • UFC
Obviously (installation documentation, Dazibao 2021)

Obviously (2021) is a sound installation featuring a fictional conversation between a WWE executive (based on Stephanie McMahon) and a debuting performer (based on Ronda Rousey), about the latter’s Wrestlemania entrance. Wrestlemania is an annual sports-entertainment extravaganza staged by the WWE, the world’s leading professional wrestling promotion. The event often makes Forbes’ list of the top 10 most valuable global sporting events.

This is the original version of Obviously, set up as part of a larger installation named If It Bleeds, at Dazibao, Montréal in the Summer of 2021. This version features a gold tinsel curtain and illumination from a pair of Ikea lamps— elements which re-occur elsewhere in the gallery. The audio component is derived from a scene in my video Kayfables (2020). The meme taped to the wall outside the room is a close-up of Ronda Rousey’s face as she’s being punched unconscious by Amanda Nunes, in what turned out to be Ronda’s last fight in mixed martial arts at UFC 207. About a year and a half later, she joined the WWE.