Empty is Also, 2009
in collaboration with Emily Coates
Commissioned by Performa 09
presented by the X-Initiative.
Integrating objects, a dancer, a musician, and video, “Empty Is Also” inverts the usual conception of dance and sculpture in relation to the ephemeral by investigating dance’s durability versus sculpture’s ultimate disposability. The dancer inhabits the sculptural forms even as she rearranges them to create a sequence of landscapes that shift over time. The sculpture reflects the dancer’s energy and agency, while her movement absorbs the shape and nature of the objects with which she interacts. The tension between the perceived natures of sculpture and dance serves as the installation’s primary conflict, or reason for being. Music by Jane Ira Bloom.