Mélodie Mousset's installation and sculpture combined with Zachary Sharrin's cheorography and Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttr's audio performance scores makes for an incredible viewing experience. Drawing on texts from art criticism and popular culture, the Who For/What For project examines paradoxes of artistic inspiration and production, as well as its social, political and ontological aspirations and limitations.
Performers: Mélodie Mousset, Zachary Sharrin, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttr, Rachel Boyajian, Cameron Evans, Princess Mecca Romero and Andrew Wojtal
Last night's dance event consisted of three performances: Symbiosis Mutualism; a,e,i,o,u,y; and a person I once was. To hear the dancers talk about their projects click here.
Choreographers: Jordan Saenz, Cameron Evans, Princess Mecca Romero Dancers: Cameron Evans, Princess Mecca Romero Composer: Louis Lopez Costume Designer: Lynne Marie Martens
Symbiosis Mutualism is based on an exploration of human interaction with horses. The bond between the two forms creates a single operational being. The process of learning about each other and developing a movement vocabulary based on the attempt to form one living organism and create a synchronized process of becoming one being. The result of the interaction is mutual clarity and peace, and the bond between the two becomes a symbol of friendship, love and partnership. As trust and connection build, this bond grows stronger over time.
Choreographer/dancer: Andrew Wojtal Music: “Coffee Stains and Beer” by Magestic Star Costume Designer: Andrew Wojtal
a,e,i,o,u,y is a multilayered work that braids together different forms of physical theatre to express a singular energy through variously accrued mediums. Specifically a,e,i,o,u,y functions as a mechanism for coping or mending an area of emptiness while simultaneously functioning as a display of the age-old dichotomy between loving to live, or living to love. Through support for the common man and woman’s entanglement in this dichotomy, a,e,i,o,u,y is an all-accommodating confession that acknowledges loss as the necessary means of understanding gain.
a person I once was
Choreography: Rachel Boyajian
Dancers: Cameron Evans, Princess Mecca Romero and Andrew Wojtal Original Music Composition: Louis Lopez Costume Design: Silvanne Park Lighting Design: Nick Percell
Through a distinct choreographic language and keen sense of invention, a person I once was explores the fragility of human cognition and acuity. Featuring three dancers and original music by Louis Lopez, a person I once was is a new work created by Rachel Boyajian.
This morning Irit Rogoff gave a talk on the notion of the Public. Her work attempts to diagnose ways in which the public is being reconsidered and re-presented--particularly in relation to our 'contemporaneity'. Of particular interest were her thoughts on the documentary trend in contemporary art and how this trend allows the public to emerge through a (shared?) 'struggle to survive'. After her talk, she joined us for a group crit of the Expanded Archive. We will be posting video of her lecture on this page shortly.
We were able to follow artist Fiona Conner as she installed some of her pieces from Concrete Situations. Her sculptural work deals with (dis)placement when viewing art in relation to its surrounding materials. Questions of authenticity and functionality become rooted in the quest for an aesthetic experience. Differentiation and appreciation are both grounded in her permanent additions to the existing concrete structures of PACT. Conner will be conducting informal walks around the PACT facilities in order to point out the individual works.
Thinker, writer, and video artist Jalal Toufic came to speak this morning as part of the CalArts Plays Itself symposium. His lecture titled Don’t Go to Hell for the Sake of Finishing Watching the Film raised some interesting concerns. Ultimately, Toufic's paper requests that we as film-viewers question the value of an "aesthetic" experience when it places us in direct relationship with evil.
Following his talk in the SAANA building, Toufic visited some of the installations at PACT. Students were able to continue the conversation within the context of their own art practices. Our discussions will continue tomorrow at 10:00 with Irit Rogoff's talk Public. For a complete description please visit our symposium page.
Through these three improv sessions, Archie Carey (bassoon) and Heather Lockie (viola) explore all the subtle and wonderful acoustics that PACT Zollverein has to offer. This site-specific blog exclusive exemplifies the process-centered approach to art making featured at CalArts Plays Itself.
This is not the first time Ellen Reid has been to PACT. In 2010-2011 she was one of two CalArts students sent to the Feldstärke Residency program in Paris (CENTQUATRE), Essen (PACT Zollverein), and Istanbul (¨cˇu’m„a*). Her piece for CalArts Plays Itself is titled Lonely Traveler and is a site-specific installation focusing on international sounds and how individuals experience them personally.