Tomorrow night, I have been asked to participate in the closing reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ONCE Group
The reception promises a "room overwhelmed with sound & vision - snatches of music, throbs & echoes, uncanny sights, haunted by fever dreams of the avant-garde past." I am not familiar with the artists being celebrated nor have any idea where they fit into the world of art history (but I assume they are kinda fluxus-y.)
I have been asked to wear my World War I reenacting uniform, sit on a hay bale lit by a single spotlight and drink a bottle of whiskey, therefore fulfilling the "uncanny sights" portion of the evening, I suppose.
While this scenario was not my idea, I am more than willing to take part (but maybe not drink a whole bottle of whiskey.) I've not been given much direction beyond the uniform, the hay bale, and the whiskey. I am allowed to interact with people.
I would appreciate any suggestions of how I could enhance my performance and not just be a guy in an old uniform drinking in the middle of a party.
Ideally, my performance should be joined with an activity that:
Is interesting and impactful to those in attendance.
Comments on the influence of the artists being celebrated.
Is not cliched.
Is not harmful to me or those around me.
Does not trivialize or slight the sacrifices made by real soldiers in the First World War (or any war.)
Does not involve any activity or substance that could damage my uniform.
Does not involve nudity, singing, screaming or making an ass of myself (which might be a foregone conclusion.)
What is available to me:
My complete 1917 U.S. Army Infantry impression with accoutrement (helmet, gasmask, cartridge belt, the whole nine! No firearms or edged weapons, though.)
A hay bale (or two)
A period-appropriate flask.
Various objects and artifacts that I own that aren't related to World War I.
Pretty much anything else you can think of within reason.
I go on in less than 24 hours.
Many thanks in advance!