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Ei Arakawa, How to DISappear in America, 2016. Performance view, April 17, 2016. Ben (Ben Morgan-Cleveland). Photo: Paula Court.

Ei Arakawa

Reena Spaulings Fine Art | New York

Ei Arakawa, How to DISappear in America, 2016. Performance view, April 17, 2016. Ben (Ben Morgan-Cleveland). Photo: Paula Court.

In 2008, Leopard Press published a slim black volume by artist Seth Price titled How to Disappear in America. Written in the paranoiac and antiestablishment tone of a 1970s anarchist manual or a ’90s how-to Internet text file, the work was a sort of instruction manual for shedding your identity and way of life. It gave a scattershot collection of advice on liquidating assets, severing social and professional ties, and going off the grid. The work was born of its stylistic references: Price appropriated much of it from a single semianonymous online guide to disappearance that has been available in various incarnations since at least 1996. This year the text appeared again, now adapted as a musical by Ei Arakawa. This multimedia performance injected the original with a darkly comic narrative about two people fleeing abusive spouses and lives of drudgery and alienation. Eight acts

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