Intalktoxication

Part of Twenty-Five Young Artists, curated by Petra Watson. Monologue with audio. “The Cabaret of Living in Two Worlds” is a description of split existence, a mental travelogue.

Animals have always played a part in performances at the Western Front. Flakey’s dog Grin used to bark and walk onstage at special moments, and since then the cats, Oola and Spoola, have displayed their own excellent timing. Spoola’s greatest moment of glory came during Judy Radul’s first Western Front show. The artist came out with a ghetto-blaster, sat down in a chair and punched ‘play’ but nothing happened. At first it seemed like part of the act. She carried on a lively banter and worked on the machine, but it soon became clear that something really was wrong and she excused herself to consult the technician. Spoola immediately got up on the chair and basked in the warmth of the spotlight. When the audience applauded, Spoola obliged by preening himself and doing a couple of turns. He held the crowd until Judy returned. And by the way, Judy’s show was still a knockout. - Hank Bull