This project was initiated as part of my graduate research at UQAM in Visual and Media Arts.
In POSSIBLE PERFORMANCE, the most intimate way to show others a performance is to have them do it.
Alternative title: Rehearsing Whatever Together and Alone
Attempting and failing to represent a performance from inside of its own mechanism, I invite groups of people to perform a script of gestures that are written to both resist and embody several ontologies of impossibility:
You try to jump but you try also not to jump.
You repeat the words “why am I not there with you.”
You let yourself die.
These performances are done without an audience in order to collapse the roles of audience and performer and in hopes of disorganizing the economy of labor, meaning and performativity inherent to dramatic narratives. The exhibition is composed of a series of videos, which document the nine performances done over the course of this research.
There is no hero, no climax and no moral of the story. The performers explore possible ways of being in relation to each other and to the script. Refusing to privilege certain moments the timelines of the videos are almost unchanged. However, in a generative friction between what is free and what is formal, an author-itative gesture is felt through an imposed aesthetic. Underlining the tensions between the authentic and the artificial, the flatness of the video surface is treated by decorating it with layers of candy-colored shapes and text.
Thank you to everyone involved in the performances:
kimura byol – nathalie lemoine, Adriana Disman, Ellen Furey, steven girard, Winnie Ho, Aisha Sasha John, Adam Kinner, Kamissa Koita, Julie Laurin, Arkadi Lavoie-Lachapelle, Jordan Leoppky-Kolesnik, Francis Adair McKenzie, Juliana Moreno, Lina Moreno, Alexandre Nunes, Jessie Orr, Julia Thomas, Stephen Quinlan, Hannah Morrow and Jacqueline Van de Geer.