Some things are built to last, and other things are built to melt into a gelatinous puddle, like this performance by artist duo Lisa Hein & Robert Seng called Bruise. The 3 week performance took the form of a cooking demonstration where Jell-O bricks were cast and stacked to build a wall using actual mortar. The performance took place at Seattle Center, which described the process of the work’s construction as, “A climbing horizon of juicy stained glass soon trails the stages of its own decay.”
Lisa Hein and Robert Seng’s work highlights the value of making as an experience in itself, apart from the expectation of a lasting outcome. Their Jell-O brick wall was never meant to last, but the experience of constructing it endures for them and the for viewers of the project.