By Luna Allison
The cultural load that we dump on defecation pressures us to immediately divorce ourselves from our poop as soon as it leaves our bodies. In fact, anything that acknowledges the digestive process at all – burping, farting or stomach gurgles – is cause for tremendous social embarrassment. Such an intense and abiding aversion to poo exists, despite how regularly and intimately we have to interact with it.
From its usefulness in agricultural production to the necessity of sewage treatment, from scat fetishes to the broad appeal of toilet humour, our attitudes about shit say a lot about who we are.
Luna began developing her project during a two-week residency at the Banff Center for the Arts (link to: https://www.banffcentre.ca/) in 2014. She premiered her work-in-progress during the 2018 undercurrents festival as a Late Night special. The Shit Show under development residency will continue over the 2018-2019 season.
The Shit Show in the Press