Stop Crying

Allyson Packer

Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Allyson Packer
Allyson Packer
Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Stop Crying Allyson Packer
Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Stop Crying, Allyson Packer
Stop Crying Allyson Packer
Stop Crying Allyson Packer
Allyson Packer

photo by Jonathan Parks

Allyson Packer

photo by Jonathan Parks

Stop Crying, Allyson Packer

photo by Jonathan Parks

Stop Crying Allyson Packer

photo by Jonathan Parks

Stop Crying Allyson Packer

photo by Jonathan Parks

Allyson Packer's performance Stop Crying enlists the help of viewers to create a laugh track to be played as a sound installation in the Railyard. During the performance, Packer works one-on-one with viewers to elicit and record the sound of their laughter. Immediately following each encounter, the new recording is added to an audio track containing laughter from previous participants. As it grows over the course of the performance, the resulting laugh track is played outside Axle in the Railyard.  Packer's performance art explores vulnerability as a form of agency, and how removing boundaries can affect the balance of power in interpersonal politics.