Movement in Still Places_vidéo stills from performance / vidéo poem_ 2015
Solo performances filmed in open spaces, where I document myself, throwing locally foraged debris from behind sculptural aspects of the landscape (bushes, gravel hill, snow bank, tall grass). Subtitles appear at the bottom of the scenery: I want to move you like poets do, like mountains do from standing still. A commentary on human appropriation of space, this documentation/ ephemeral series questions prescriptive approaches and the objectification of the material world through science, technology, art and philosophy.
Comment couper l’oignon sans pleurer / French Onion _8 hour performance_ 2014
Time-based performance cutting pounds and pounds of onions to donate to a local soup kitchen, poking at how a neoliberal climate depends on modern individualism to insure self-care, instead of taking social responsibility for one's community. How do we learn to take care of others and our own anxieties? How do we maintain an ecological awareness in a capitalist society, dominated by the idea of materialistic value? How do we cut an onion without crying?
L'art de s'envoler is a daily drawing exercise with instruction pamphlets and a work-out video (in progress). Asking to describe ''how it feels to fly'', I guide participants to remember experiences in dreams, on swings, when swimming or snow boarding. These speculative drawings channel ancestral animism and
are informed by martial arts. I observe animals that inspire correct flying poses (ex: crane, otter, surfer), and meditated on positioning my body weight correctly, to help a graceful landing, or to keep myself from flying away. Investigating the power of thought and observation, I am open to new dimensions of reality. Living as form becomes a necessary ecology.
Look for flying workshops in a park near you! Making my rounds in galleries, cafés, and airports, I promote the flying form with small folded booklets (origami style), directing you to my research blog and/or workshops. Hosting work-out video sessions of tai-chi inspired swarms (often seen outdoors), performing a choreographed series of given moves. I have dedicated six elements to the flying form : ground, air, fire, water, wood, and metal, always back to ground. Inspired by Sufism and other oral traditions, I hope this little exercise routine will be playful, and remind one to just enjoy the ride.