Project rēkənˈteks(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz, a collaboration between choreographer Mercedes Searer and artist Bibiana Medkova, 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. The rhythms of the body’s flesh, the rituals of being alive and the innate movements of life are captured on film. With such an unusual and unobstructed view of its parts, Mercedes’s body is offered to us with an intimate familiarity.
With each live performance, new layers of the body are integrated into the work. The performing body is shot and projected in real time, allowing a new vantage point for viewing live work but is also later layered into the ongoing video 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. Through tones from Eastern and South American instruments coupled with modern electronics, a powerful yet meditative space emerges. rēkənˈteks(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz performances are meant to create a transcendent body over a twelve hour period that follows an improvisational score on a four hour loop. As the body exhausts itself new rhythms, organizations and emotional overtones are found in the familiar. The open format of the work ensures that no two performances will be alike.
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 (Trestle) allows an accessibility and intimacy not often afforded to an audience.
Mercedes Searer Choreography and Performer
Bibiana Medkova Video and Projections
Allison Jones Musician
Tom Grizzle Photographer
Time: There is a 30 minute version and 12 hours non-stop performance version
Michael Kammers Sound Engineer
June 24th 2017 Trestle Art Space (Brooklyn, New York)
July 9 -10th 2017 Le Petit Versailles (Les, New York)