Shooting Rounds

 

Shooting Rounds, 2014, Performance and Video Documentation, 00:09:43

During the three week period that I spent in Marfa, I consistently noticed an abundance of basketball hoops–some purchased and some handmade, others abandoned or in disrepair. Scattered in front and backyards, drilled to the fronts and sides of buildings and garages, they were everywhere. I never actually saw any of these hoops in use though.

Throughout my time in the city I was driven to address the issue of public versus private space, the notion of common space, issues around gun rights, and the relationship of the nearby national border. In reaction to this I developed a performance called Shooting Rounds in which I wandered through the town and took one shot on each hoop that I encountered. Many of the hoops sat at the ends of driveways, on the side of the street, or hung from garages at street level lurking towards public space. Others sat clearly in private spaces behind fences and at the fronts of homes––and I trespassed in order to gain access to them. I crossed a border and entered people’s domestic lives momentarily––for a fleeting moment I gained access to a privatized space.

In Shooting Rounds the history of gun rights and cowboys in Texas and their roles as nomadic settlers and land users became appropriated as I wandered through the city. Grazing the landscape incidentally, the simple gesture of taking a shot on a basketball hoop (or “shooting rounds”) broke through the visible and invisible boundary that is put up within the daily lives of this town’s citizens.