2016 / Installation (magnetic tape) + 20 Min Performance / Dimensions variable
An installation and performance that centers on the notion of Silence as an inner state and encompasses the physical and mental aspects of unraveling: untangling, separating, investigating and solving. Continuing the exploration of discarded material, I reanimate meters of magnetic tape in order to intervene in space in a compelling way. The repurposing of these ribbons of information collapses their original function and opens up the potential for aesthetic and symbolic transformation. In an attempt to engage the audience in a collective experience of emptiness, I devise a performance as a framework for exploring the slowly shifting landscape of silence through evocative movement and sound.
As a continuation of a previous performance dealing with the themes of death, silence and the void, this performance asks a dancer to improvise to a selection of Bach’s Suite for Cello. The premise of exploring the sonic qualities of magnetic tape and the idea of breaking through the “darkness” become the conduit for choosing the movements of particular Suites and determine the quality and rhythm of the dancer’s moves.
At the end both performers stand and breath into two hanging scultpures, creating a myriad of drawings on the wall and hinting on the power of transformation and transcendence.
Cellist: Samira Aly / Guest dancer: Liza Alpízar Aguilar