rethinking why performance matters through the matter of performance
3. Potentials of Performance

19 June 2012

Planning for uneventful


The Team

This project is a collaboration between myself, Annalaura Alifuoco (please see link to Associate Artists team) and Fabiola Paz.

   Fabiola and I met during an artistic residence in Anzio (Rome) a few summers back. Challenged and inspired by each other’s ways with performance, we decided to come together to produce a body of work exploring the notion of ‘passing’ in metaphorical, temporal and spatial terms.

   Our collaboration mainly consists of experiments in intersubjectivity; by way of actions, we reflect, comment, and respond to our own and other ‘bodies’ (of work). We cultivate very personal and public experiences at the cross-roads of high drama, exhilaration, and boredom, whilst remaining committed to a critical and rigorous attempt to participate and intervene in the social.

 

The Theme

   In the context of this wider project, we propose to explore the potential of performance in relation to the notion of ‘labour’ and/of ‘love’. This is the basis for a dialogue and a negotiation between activities of efficiency and production that are supposedly “valuable”, and acts of exchange, dedication and care that expect no return or reward, and are therefore “invaluable”.

   Our aim is to make explicit the productive labour of the performance of “love” via a programme of shared activities. In the context of the Potentials of Performance public event due to take place in October (venue and time t.b.c.), we will present Uneventful Intervals of Potentiality (uneventful for short); pockets of time set aside and against the “official” programmed activities dedicated to experiments with forms of bodily labour not normally recognized as “proper” in the system of production.

   Performative actions will be based on symbolic interpretations of the often invisible and unrecognised work of desire, care and regard, projected towards sharing rather than consummation. These activities will happen spontaneously throughout the day, without an officially invited audience, and will mainly persist in their nature as acts of love (gratis, unpaid, invaluable) alongside more “recognized” and “efficient” performance productions.

 

 

 

 

 

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