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Marcus McKenzie, The Crying Room, 2020, promotional image. Courtesy of the artist, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe. Photo: Amelia J Dowd and Marcus McKenzie

Marcus McKenzie, The Crying Room
  • Chelsea Hopper

26 Dec 2020
Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe

I’m on Zoom again. This time it’s not for a meeting or to teach but to watch The Crying Room, a forty-minute livestream performance by artist Marcus Ian McKenzie. In a promotional video for the performance, McKenzie explains that a crying room is “a small room you have at the back of theatres and churches where you can go if you are crying or making noise and you are disturbing a congregation or an audience”. And so, as he eventually points out to us, a crying room is a lot like Zoom.

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