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1000 WORDS: WILL RAWLS

Will Rawls, Cursor 2: Ditties, 2018. Performance view, Issue Project Room, New York, June 30, 2018. Photo: Cameron Kelly.

AT THE START of each of his “Cursor” performances, Will Rawls introduces the working concept for the series: “Cursor, from the Latin root meaning ‘run’ or ‘runner,’ is a movable, usually black, and blinking figure that indicates the position on a screen where the next character will appear, or where user action is needed.” He then proceeds to the rear of the audience, where, taking a seat, he begins typing into a document that is projected at the front for all to see. Sometimes enunciating each letter and symbol as an individual sound, some-times pronouncing whole words or syllables, Rawls’s voice loops, fragments, melds, and stutters through borrowed and invented vocabularies. In this vocal-textual dance, he is both sound wave and blinking bar, alternately stilted and rhythmic, steady and destabilized. Halfway through Cursor 2: Ditties, 2018, the audience is asked to pivot their

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