Tracy and the Plastics was a band made and performed by Wynne Greenwood. In 1999, Tracy + the Plastics started performing in basements, living rooms and punk clubs in the Pacific Northwest. Greenwood took the form of all three band members, live on stage and in prerecorded video projections. She sang live as Tracy while interacting with the other band members (Greenwood as Cola, drums, and Nikki, keyboards) on the video screen behind her.

As the project continued, the spaces the band performed in expanded to include art galleries and museums. Tracy + the Plastics was invited to perform in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. In 2005, Greenwood (as Tracy + the Plastics) collaborated with sculptor Fawn Krieger to make ROOM, a performance w/ performance space and installation at the Kitchen, in NYC. Tracy + the Plastics ended in 2006.


From a 2001 essay:

            For the past two years I've been working on Tracy + the Plastics, a band I started with myself - and myself - and myself.   I play the parts of Nikki (keyboards), Cola (drumbeats) and Tracy (singer).   Live, Nikki and Cola are included as images in a projected landscape that backs me up and fills me in.   Prerecorded music plays through speakers.   I sing live and talk to my "band" in between songs.   Nikki asks Cola why she puts socks down her pants, to look like a dick or a third dimension?   Cola turns to me, Tracy, and asks my advice.   "I don't put socks down my pants," I say.   Cola says she does it to look more real.   There's a history, a reality created by the interaction between the self and the image of the self.            

When an individual in a marginalized group talks to a recorded image of themselves it empowers the individual to open the door to the understanding and celebration that she/he/it can be deliberate.   It is an interaction with a fragmented self.   By fragmented, I mean a cohesive identity that's constructed from different, often conflicting, parts of society, culture, and life that we relate to because popular culture has no whole identity to offer its audience other than one that resembles the ruling class.   We can come out.   And then come out again.   We can rearrange our world how we want it.            

An interview with Tracy goes like this:   Q "What does it mean to be Tracy?"   A "Tracy means front in some language.   When people call TRACY! it's a call to the front."   In a continuum, the margin exists to the side of the center.   If we add dimensions, then the margin becomes back and the center becomes front.   A Tracy + the Plastics performance attempts to destroy the inherent hierarchical dynamic of those "spaces" by placing as much importance on the video images (the Plastics) as the live performer (Tracy).   The front interacts with the back in a way that emphasizes their equality and the dependence on one another to dismantle their roles and prescribed boundaries.

-wynne greenwood