WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS SCENE AND INCREDIBLY SLOWLY OUR VIEW BEGINS TO SLIDE
– text and sculptural installation, fragrance, 2018
The work explores the contagious nature of movement. Whereby movement has the ability to resonate through different kinds of bodies and materialities, in ways independent of them. Continuing from one body to the next, across (beyond) time and space, and so questions the borders of where one starts and the other begins.
Adopting text as a choreographic tool the work weaves together different voices and perspectives within an open-ended narration describing an obscure event.
In part inspired by the Old Greek ritual of Adonia, a female celebration of the death of Adonis. The mise-en-scene includes a ladder leaning against the wall and leading up on the rooftop of the house as a sign of invitation, the roofs perhaps covered in blankets or pillows, air filled with fragrance and smoke and the many pots planted with withering plants that were scorched by the earlier sun - the gardens of Adonis. Reconstructed through the use of empathy and imagination, could those nights be seen as proto-feminist gestures that bring together notions of the feminine alongside destruction and pleasure?
The work develops as a fleeting cinematic image in the mind of the spectator that at the same time challenges the limits of its very form, luring the viewer within the frame.
The installation includes a fragrance produced as a response to the text by Laurent-David Garnier.