Durational Performance + Exhibit - recontextualize
Mercedes Searer + Bibiana Med
Trestle Art Space
June 24th, 2017
Curated by Jesse Bandler Firestone
rēkənˈteks(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz (Le Petit Versailles)
Le Petit Versailles
12-hour durational performance July 9 7pm - July 10 7am, 2017
Allison Jones (acoustic instruments/electronics)
Bibiana Medkova (video/projections)
Mercedes Searer (dance/choreography)
Bibiana & Mercedes would like to thank Allison Jones for her time and musical contribution during public performances, Michael Kammers for his time and use of Electric Wonderland Studios, Jonas Hidalgo for the use of his studio, Paulapart for sound installation help, Leah Burke for her time and help laser cutting,Tom Grizzle for documentation of performances, and Le Petit Versailles for giving us an opportunity to show this work.
Project rēkənˈteks(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz focuses on layering, reframing and recontextualizing the body through the lens of a motion picture camera. The frame of the camera allows for a new viewing of space, erasing the traditional performance stage. Through this gaze the realities of time, space, speed and even intimacy shift. Challenging the ontology of performance and it’s temporal and immediate form, our films are the dance and the editing the choreographic mode. With each live performance, new layers of the body are integrated into the work.
Rēkənˈteks(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz performances charge the space via the singing bowl’s multiple harmonics coupled with the kinetics between three bodies in space. Using eastern and south american instruments along with modern electronics a powerful yet meditative space emerges. Movement inspired by circles and lines in ritualistic practices and the subtle shifts between a performing and nonperforming body, it asks questions of viewership and performativity. rēkənˈteks(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz (Le Petit Versailles) allows an accessibility and intimacy not often afforded to an audience during a marathon full moon performance. Over the 12 hour period, the audience is invited to join the performers on a journey through states of intimate connection and attention, altered states and eventually physical disintegration via exhaustion and repetition.
rēkənˈteks(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz (Trestle) allows an accessibility and intimacy not often afforded to an audience. Movement inspired by circles and lines in ritualistic practices and the subtle shifts between a performing and nonperforming body, it asks questions of viewership and performativity.
Opposing the gallery and private sales model, in which work once acquired by the highest bidder is locked into a private collection for only a few to see, we are distributing our work directly to the public for free through the internet and presentations at public art venues.