Tommy, a loner, has returned to the
city. He embarks upon a fruitless quest
fraught with failed connections with the world outside, until finally he
becomes the ultimate citizen, a Robinson Crusoe of the endless city within.
WILDLIFE is the work of performance
artist John O’Donoghue. It was developed in complete isolation
between April, 1998 and February 1999. The
artist began weekly showings in his Brooklyn studio in March 1999,
with an audience of 15-20 in attendance. WILDLIFE debuted at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in August 2000, and was reprised as part of No Name Exhibitions’ "Shafted Series" at the Soap Factory in 2001.
WILDLIFE is an attempt to push performance beyond the flimsy walls of personal confession and the narrative monologue, to draw deeply upon the wellsprings of what gives us a sense of belonging, as love and understanding become distant echoes in a madman’s world, built upon confusion and terror.