Setting the Scene (2014), action, 2 hours, the Movement Research Festival Fall 2014: M A T T E R I N G, Danspace Project, New York. Curated by Rebecca Brooks, Daria Faïn, and Shelley Senter.

With Malin Arnell, Vanessa Anspaugh, Fia Backström, A.K. Burns, Anna Craycroft, Nicole Eisenman, devynn emory, Rachel Higgins, Alhena Katsof, KOEFF / Johanna Rosenqvist, Katherine Hubbard, Zoe Leonard, Clara López Menéndez, Lydia Adler Okrent, and Guadalupe Rosales among other materials.

First, the non human: electricity.
A tragedy of the commons,
arising only in the doing

Affects create a field of force that does not tend to congeal into subjectivity.
; I equate affect with materiality
Hungry for wildness,
is a two-way-street
The intimacy between being and following:
called “clownish traits”.
; I am always slightly surprised by what I do.
The melting of cause and effect
this includes (among others) efficiency, trajectory, and causality.

But just what kind of activity is this?
A dynamics of spreading cracks,
An irrational love,
that is not the realization of a plan.

The two hour action Setting the Scene came about from an invitation by curators Rebecca Brooks, Daria Faïn, and Shelley Senter to engage broadly with questions of somatics, while they were asking the question “how are we mattering?”

As a response to this invitation and stemming from a desire for a collective intimacy, I invited fourteen friends and colleagues to come together as a working team, to improvise and help each other with different tasks using a variety of materials (six pieces of 20’ x 50’ clear plastic sheeting; nine pieces of 4’ x 8’ foam insulation; lightings; eight large transparent balloons; fifty blue chairs; audience). We engaged in a ritual of uncertainty and trust in which we were both doing and not doing, watching and being watched, touching materials and each other, being touched and moved by objects and each other. Our breathing and the air between us became part of the soundscape made live by KOEFF, together with the reading of a text which included fragments of Karen Barads writing.

The video documentation made by A.K. Burns from within the piece has been developed and edit in to a 30 minutes video piece, Setting the Scene (2014).

Realization: Malin Arnell with KOEFF / Johanna Rosenqvist, with the help of Clara López Menéndez
With: Malin Arnell, Vanessa Anspaugh, Fia Backström, A.K. Burns (Videography), Anna Craycroft, Nicole Eisenman, devynn emory, Rachel Higgins, Alhena Katsof, KOEFF, Katherine Hubbard, Zoe Leonard, Clara López Menéndez, Lydia Adler Okrent, and Guadalupe Rosales
Sound: KOEFF / Johanna Rosenqvist
Production Coordinator: Clara López Menéndez

   Videographer: A.K. Burns    Videographer: A.K. Burns    Videographer: A.K. Burns