Carlos Arroyo Galaxia, Be an Idol
On thursday February 25th 2010, carlos arroyo galaxia presented BE AN IDOL, a multimedia installation of artworks that transformed the RA corridor and kitchen into a sacrificial space - his pieces each like offerings to the deity he placed in the front window, a god with his scalloped headdress - surrounded by gifts of fruits, flowers and slow burning candles. For the performance, Canadian violinist Nicholas Fountaine became his god, donning a calico robe and the IDOL headdress, playing erratically as the artist attached white roses to his robes, throwing coins at his feet and praising him on his knees. As he played, Carlos lit a circle of lights around his head, and on the final note, unveiled a neon LOVE sign in the centre, buzzing and flashing eerily. The performance was accompanied by satellite altars - laptop computers connecting the ceremony to carlos' hometown, with his family sitting at their own altars, watching and participating via skype. Exotic fruits and vegetables lay with candles at the base of two ceremonial wall drapings, covered in circular patterns of roses. In the RA kitchen, Carlos projected a video from his moon series, with the psychadelic colours constantly changing, as though the moons of faraway galaxies. These were recreated in the 'ice moon' and 'rose moon' prints installed in the corridor, along with Carlos' portraits of various people wearing the idol hat, each assuming the identity, each becoming an idol.