2009 | HDV | sound | 5 x 5min
single-channel projection | dimensions variable
performance with Julia Kouneski | Brazil
My collaborative practice with Julia Kouneski began in 2009 when we met in Rio de Janeiro through a shared desire to research the work of Brazilian artist Lygia Clark in order to inform our own artistic practices. After meeting, with access to only text and image-based documentation of Lygia Clark’s body of work, we identified the need to directly experience the multi-sensorial potential of Clark’s works, in order to understand her claim that these could have transformative effects on participants. We began by creating our own version of Lygia Clark’s Relational Objects, using simple materials we gathered from shops in the city of São Paulo.
Here, we used these objects to form a series of live experiments, or propositions we set for ourselves. Through this direct research process, we became interested in a sensorial and embodied experience of the city through its material and architecture. Over
the course of a week, these experiments acted as the mental and physical preparation for a live event that altered our perception and physiological state through acting out (and recording) a physically demanding, even dangerous act.