Alicia Framis is the Lost Astronaut.
The Lost Astronaut was one of the Performa 09 Biennial performance installations that explored the identity of the astronaut and concept of living on the moon. The activities performed by the lost (female) astronaut were dictated by a slew of other authors and artists–like complete a New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, ride a subway line from end point to end point, etc. The work explored a domestic side of space exploration or, rather, the lack thereof.
Framis situates the iconic landing on the moon in the metropolitan American dream. The work is subtle, almost transcendental, as she stops to experience the city in a new, leisurely and monumental fashion.
In a city that never sleeps, its easy to feel lost.
Performa 11, New Visual Art Performance Biennial, is currently underway in New York City. It ends November 21st.