Performance, 40 minutes.
In 1912 a memorial, sculpted by Jacob Epstein, was erected on the site of Wilde’s grave in Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Soon after, a visitor to the tomb outraged by what he considered to be the continuance of Wilde’s perversity, took a hammer to the sculpture and obliterated the penis on the underside of the hovering sphinx. In the summer of 2000 we traveled to perform a ceremony entitled, reMEMBERING WILDE. I commissioned Rebecca Scheer to produce a sterling silver prosthetic, which was attached to Wilde’s shattered crotch. Text fragments are excerpted from Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Douglas written from Reading Prison and dated January-March, 1897. The letter has come to be known as De Profundis. Creative Material Group toured the United Kingdom in the summer of 2002 with a 40 minute video-based production of this performance that includes an electronic score by Jeffrey Stolet and a libretto by John Schmor, performed live by Matthew Woodburn.