Wednesday, 10 September 2008

day 165

performance art
last day in the US, so I thought I'd meet some performance artists to see what was happening here in the portland underground. I went to a funky local coffee shop where lee kyle (left) and kaj-anne pepper were working, hanging out and talking about art.

lee currently has a one man show where he covers himself in blood while singing show tunes and burning the american flag. he showed us some pictures of a recent performance where he added a interesting twist (literally) where he removed all of his clothes and then inserted an oscar up his rectum.
funny thing is he seemed super nice over coffee!

last day of my adventure tomorrow. not sure what I'll find in transit but I've adored looking for things to share with you...

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Sunday, 30 March 2008

about this project

this project started as a way to communicate with home. I'd been awarded the australia council cité des arts choreographic residency in paris for three months, and I wanted to find a way of keeping in contact that would also map my time here.

and so I decided to take a photograph each day I was in paris and send a link to it to a group of people who wanted to receive it. the rules were simple: I had to take the photograph, my equipment would remain simple - a small digital camera, and it would be posted the day I took it so there was an element of real time for the receivers.

these photographs, though simplistic, are a document that map, trace and record movement in this city: experiences, discoveries, settlings, revelations and very often failings.

I also wanted to make sure there I left space to talk about ideas that come from all of that. later when people started responding, I transferred them to a medium where people could leave comments. and so the project became something different. a document yes, but also a discussion.

I am a dance person and my work usually involves people: dancers, collaborating artists, theorists and audience. my main interest is how we communicate: my chosen medium is performance. that's not to say that I always work in traditional spaces - my work ranges from dance in proscenium arch theatres to site specific performances in dis-used brickworks to installation pieces in old buildings. whatever medium tells the story best. and this time it seems to be a visual, virtual space coupled with the daily ritual of opening up a photograph.

while there is a group who receive the image each day, anyone is welcome to drop in at any time and see what's happening. but this small group (which is growing) is part of a performance-like project, each opening the same image, received at the same time, all connected to me somehow. they are my partners in crime: by their comments, their thoughts, their emails sent directly to me, the links they think I might like.

so, join us if you like. there are a few days left in this revealing city.

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