Terror of History 2009 is not a piece that The Present Tense would normally show. It isn’t performance art, it is a song and video created by Kid Romance on the subject of time passing and historical memory loss. The video is a compilation of still images that are glimpses of a time that have long passed in Kid Romance’s life. Romance states that the images by themselves are not important. “It is what is between the images that is meant to protrude. Everything that is not there that makes up a life. The undocumented history that is obliterated and the documented history that becomes something new in each new present is the subject of this piece.”
The purpose of this website is to create a resource for contemporary live art practices. We attempt to document art that is essentially impossible to capture though documentation. Kid Romance’s approach to understanding documented and undocumented histories spoke to us. Romance’s answer is stillness, providing a moment amongst the visual and audio chaos to consider what is unseen.
Kid Romance aka Lucy Watson is an artist based in Allston MA. Lucy attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University in partnership with SMFA, Boston. She is involved currently with a vibrant DIY community that exists in Allston and has ties to international music communities. Lucy is working on her first feature film.