“The Worst Of The Murge” x “Break Bread” @ Think Tank Gallery, L.A.

by flaunt

Photographer Travis Waddell captures a performance staged within a collaborative installation by artist Scott Hove.
Wet The Hippo could be L.A.'s most bizarre improv troupe, so it makes perfect sense that you'd find them performing their show "The Murge" within Scott Hove's elaborate 6-room cake maze.

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"People have a lot of positive associations with cake. It appeals to a very primitive part of our brain," Hove told the Times.

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Led by ex-Cirque Du Soleil clown John Gilkey, Wet The Hippo improv inverts precisely this kind of primitive thinking, aiming for a comedy that is so far past stupid, that it becomes nonsensically compelling.

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About the cake-themed installation, Hove said, "I’m interested in extreme decadence, sort of the fall of Rome decadence, decadence that happens at the cost of everything else.”

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Hove booked numerous performances within his multi-room installation, many food-themed.

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Maybe it's synchronicity, but in past Murge shows, I have witnessed false teeth swapped between performers' mouths. I've seen spitting, gagging, vomiting. In short, I've seen an oblique presentation of exactly this kind of Roman "over-indulgence." Is there nothing more decadent than a ruler who gorges, and then vomits, so that he may gorge some more?

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"Break Bread" is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at Think Tank Gallery (except Wednesdays), through March 13. For more ticketed events, head over here.