discourse


ON RECENT PROJECTS


Absence
ab·sence/ˈabsəns/

Noun:

  1. The state of being away from a place or person.
  2. An occasion or period of being away from a place or person.

Presence
pres·ence/ˈprezəns/
Noun:

  1. The state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing.
  2. A person or thing that exists or is present in a place but is not seen:

"The monks became aware of a strange presence.”

“Performance…occurs in the suspension between the ‘real’ physical matter of the ‘performing body’ and the psychic experience of what it is to be em-bodied. Like a rackety bridge swaying under too much weight, performance keeps one anchor on the side of the corporeal (the body Real) and one on the side of the psychic Real. Performance boldly and precariously declares that Being is performed (and made temporarily visible) in that suspended in-between.”

Peggy Phelan, Unmarked, page 167

In The Distance Between You and Me, I inscribe and erase texts from the transcriptions of voicemail messages that were left for me by a series of friends.  I write them on a wall covered with black paper using thick, white chalk.  As the chalk slowly disintegrates into dust over the two-hour durational performance, the remaining written fragments become a visual metaphor for the ‘texts’ – movements and experiences – inscribed in our bodies.  While I slowly move through a set of gestures, a video mysteriously appears on my torso.  A phantom arm caresses me.  A camera tracks my movements so that as I back away from the paper, wherever I travel, this virtual body appears as well, touching me, leaving some virtual trace.  The video references the memory of touch, gesture, and experiences written into the body in a play on the relationship between language and movement – where choreography becomes a literal writing of the body.

In The Distance Between You and Me, I pose a question about where the body exists and how we negotiate digital media and contemporary communication.  Instead of seeing a ‘wired’ world as some power struggle between us and our machines, I wonder how we embody our humanity and our relationships to one another through these ‘new media.’  In other words, I ask where the body exists in a ‘post-human’ world, and whether we want to really get rid of our humanity in our romance with, and anxiety about, new technology.  Instead of seeing technology as somehow separate from ourselves, in this piece, I aim to integrate the use of video, projection, voicemail texts, as aspects of ourselves, and as a way to communicate our relationships to one another. I display the texts and words of people far away who stay with me, so that the virtual doesn’t form a delay from some ‘real’ self, but a ‘text’ and a mode of communicating, that exist with and through our bodies. At the same time, it also asks about the import of ‘being there’ – truly present to an event – and what exactly ‘presence’ means. A body labors to write and erase, relying on what might be becoming an archaic mode of communication. Perhaps, indeed, the actual physicality of the body still matters.


a recent interview with La Ribot

my classmate and colleague Hannah Verrill and I sat down with the performance artist La Ribot for an interview when she was in Chicago for the US premiere of Laughing Hole on her way to LACMA in LA for a west coast performance of the piece too...

http://badatsports.com/2013/an-interview-with-la-ribot/

 


Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People – And lose the name of action
Interview on Bad at Sports

In Janurary 2013, I sat down with Miguel Gutierrez to chat a bit about his upcoming Chicago premiere of And lose the name of action, which featured a striking cast of note-worthy performers – Michelle Boulé, Hilary Clark, Luke George, Miguel Gutierrez, K.J. Holmes, and Ishmael Houston-Jones. Our conversation was published on Bad at Sports...
http://badatsports.com/2013/miguel-gutierrez-and-the-powerful-people-and-lose-the-name-of-action/