APT LIVE 2016 | 23, 24 and 25 September 2016
Wanda Klenz and the Kleening Ladies | Participatory performance
Friday 23rd at 6.15pm and 6.45pm
Wanda is the spirit of purification, of cleansing, removal of dirt and filth. She is particularly useful to employ (as an alter-ego) at time of crisis, when things are going wrong, and people are feeling guilty because they haven’t done things well enough, or, worse, are blaming others for their poor performance, real or imagined.
She is important as a symbol of caring for others, expressing one’s empathy for them. To cleanse or wash one’s hands before touching the other person is good practice. I started the practice of Cleansing as an art activity for crisis, in the year 2000.
I made a performance of hand-cleansing with a group of young doctors, consultants and Infection Prevention staff in the Acute Medical Unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, in early 2012, one lunch-time, during an academic meeting about a couple of case studies of meningitis and cerebral bleed. We moved rapidly on to a performance by Wanda Klenz and the Kleening Ladies. We followed the simple guidelines of the World Health Organisation’s line drawn pictures of sequential stages of hand-cleaning.