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An installation made for an experimental exhibition / dance party titled "The Destructibles" in 2012.

Strings

Strings

 

This installation was made for an experimental exhibition / dance party titled "The Destructibles" , featuring artists and architects who deal with spatial theory, design, and movement in their practice. "The Destructibles" refers at once to the provocation and celebration attached to destruction, from the German Polterabend tradition of breaking dishes before a wedding to video game environments that can be destroyed, and thus used to the players advantage.

The piece engages dancers sensually by creating a haptic field for their movement. Blurring the lines of solid and void, people collide with and question the limitations of their bodies, movements, and gestures. Gradients of light, color, and mass emphasize existing thresholds of transition in the gallery space. The work incorporates the energy provided by people as a source of entropy, tracing individual actions as organized subsystems. The overall effect is an increase in disorder within the piece. Any sense of the horizon is obliterated by over six thousand soft vertical strings filling the space. The lines form an explicit spatial volume which asks for a new type of orientation and signification of movement in the act of looking.

Thus, the piece is involved in many phases of destruction. First, breaking the string from kilometers into meters. Second, once the space is filled, cutting and opening the space and letting the rests fall onto the ground. And third, through the invitation to move and dance through it, the slow destruction of the piece once opened to the public.

The installation was developed in conjunction with an installation created by Elizabeth Feder on the ground. Her work dissects the fragility of the notation-system of the street, using the most congested intersections of Berlin as a point of departure to engage moving bodies in public expression through the space.

Similar spatial explorations can be found on my blog.



 
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