July 16, 2016

The Nihilist

Kevin McKenzie

Reception to follow.
Introduction | Biography


In this highly calibrated, technological age, The Nihilist, confronts the perception of a universal human existence bound by routine and monotony, integrated by repetitive activities. In this work, McKenzie explores the territory between two ages of industrial and technological civilization which drives him towards a state of chaos, mayhem and destablization. The solo performance takes place over the course of 45 minutes and is a slow build towards a primal, dark and ritualistic action that annihilates the fa├žades that modern man builds to cloak grim realities in service of the human spirit. Visually and philosophically influenced by the films of the German Expressionists, punk rock music and nihilism, this neo-noir apocalyptic performance subscribes to the notion that the passion to destroy is a creative passion.