Beating Arsehole of Democracy

Sarah Scarsbrook


Come. Join the movement. Dive into a golden sphincter, slip through the anal canal of revolt to enter the kaleidoscopic colon of the commons. Revel in the magic of the rectal tunnel and join the conversation that pulses through the arsehole of democracy.

Full description of concept

The Beating Arsehole of Democracy is new for this year and has been arrived at in the aftermath of a year of political chaos and upheaval that has left the beating heart of democracy on its knees, or at worst, in its own arsehole. This project is envisaged to take the form of a walk about performance, which sees artists Sarah and Myshak carry out impromptu performances of the Beating Arsehole of Democracy, whereby audience members are invited into the Beating Arsehole of Democracy through a shiny golden sphincter, which takes the form of a worn stage, each worn by Sarah and Myshak - one worn by each (please note this is not a 'costume', but a worn stage that the audience is invited into). The Beating Arsehole of Democracy will be made from a worn collar that extends out into a material tunnel (the 'colon of the commons'), which links to a hoop on the other end with a sphincter like opening for the audience to put their heads through (the golden sphincter). This is a one-to-one performance, where one person at a time is invited in. Their head will be the only visible part of their body, as will the artists' on the other end of the tunnel (colon). The idea is that once the heads are both fully submerged inside the colon, which will be made from beautifully decorated, comforting velvet with added sparkle, insulated from the outside world, this space will be offered as a safe space to talk with Myshak or Sarah about a current issue, both on and off the playa; a fear, a desire, a past encounter, a future wish, a made up idea - the Beating Arsehole of Democracy is open to everyone.

The project is in an evolutionary state, and funding permitting we may also be able to erect this as a static piece for more participants to be able to interact with throughout the festival - for this we would need more materials and the ability to get them there. The Borderland/burning ethos is fully embedded within its idea, as a piece that is concerned with the current state of the world through a creative, comic and inclusive approach. As a one-to-one interactive piece, the Beating Arsehole of Democracy will act as a listening post and can only happen with the co-creation of its participants who are invited through fully consensual means to interact with the piece and contribute to its ongoing evolution throughout the festival and beyond. What is said in the colon, stays in the colon. We feel world events have been incredibly important of late, and although we will be in the bubble of the beautiful Borderland playa, we want to give people the opportunity to talk about current issues, or whatever they feel they want to - there will be no set agenda of conversation in keeping with freedom of expression within democratic spaces. We hope the Beating Arsehole of Democracy might spark debate, start a conversation or just be tremendously funny for everyone who wishes to engage.

About the group/Artist

Sarah Scarsbrook and Myshak Salansky are performance/visual artists who work together to create provocations that challenge thinking on current issues, the political state of the world and totally made up affairs.

Team and plan

The Team is Myshak and Sarah, and we are planning on making the Beating Arsehole of Democracy within the coming months. Sarah is based in London and Myshak in Edinbrugh, so we are coordinating our calendars for a visit to plan, design and make the Beating Arseholes.

Moop plan (matter out of place)

it is not envisaged that the Beating Arsehole of Democracy will create Moop, as it is a conversation one to one piece that is fully containable. The piece will have no external elements that will fall from it.

How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

Borderlings will be able to help in a number of ways, including the making stages, by helping us transport our work from London to the site and by participating and engaging with the piece when we are on site with it carrying out the performances.

What is this?

Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.


  • Do you need electricity from the grid? No

  • Will there be light? There may be battery powered lighting on the inside so we can use this at night too - we would like there to be!

  • Will anything burn? No

  • What is your audio footprint? Minimal - conversational, but this is a promenade so we will take it to a quieter space to get the most out of it for the co-creators.

  • Forces of nature We will make the outer shell of the worn stage/Beating Arsehole out of a waterproof material for rain cover. The stage will be 'worn' so

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