WARM-UPS

1

A, sitting
B, standing close
asking is it warm yet
A, feeling seat, answering not yet
B, repeating question
till A says yes

A and B, holding hands, ice within
waiting for ice to melt
asking is it warm yet
answering not yet
continuing till both say yes

B, pressing hand to A's face
asking is it warm yet
A, answering not yet
B, repeating question
till A says yes


2

C, lying in bed
A (in another room),
calling is it warm yet
C, answering not yet
A, repeating question
till C says yes
C, getting out of bed

. . .

A, entering room
getting into bed
fitting self to warmth
made by C
C, asking is it warm yet
repeating question if necessary
till A says yes

C, rubbing bare feet on floor
shuffling slowly across room
A, following
asking is it warm yet
feeling the floor behind C's feet
C, answering not yet
A, repeating question
(following C, feeling floor)
till C says yes



3

B and C, standing apart
rubbing hands rapidly
asking is it warm yet
answering not yet
repeating question
till both say yes

. . .

approaching each other
repeating process
till both say yes

B and C, pressing ice
between their foreheads
waiting for ice to melt
asking is it warm yet
answering not yet
repeating question
till both say yes

B, lying on C
asking is it warm yet
C, answering not yet
B, repeating question
till C says yes

. . .

B, arising, feeling C's body
C, arising, feeling bed's warmth

-Allan Kaprow
September 1975



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