Inside the Breath: INT (In Network Time)

(2017-present/current)

installation image


Created with many collaborators, including Meredith Bove, Kathy Couch, Barbie Diewald, María José Giménez, Karinne Keithley Syers, and the singers of the Network Time Small Human Chorus.


A long project set in INT, the calendar era of our interconnected planetary future. In the borderless future world of INT we honor Gloria Anzaldúa’s writings, octopuses, and our multi-species interconnected consciousness.

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WE DO THE MOLECULAR DANCE OF SPIRITUAL ACTIVISM

HACEMOS LA DANZA MOLECULAR DEL ACTIVISMO ESPIRITUAL

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Listen: Future Oral Histories

Listen: One day / Octorun

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BRING US A LOWER LOVE

BRING US A LOWER LOVE (support)

BRING US A LOWER LOVE (support)

BRING US A LOWER LOVE (support)


Subjects:

Anzaldúa, Gloria -- Philosophy

Borderlands -- Environmental aspects

Borderlands -- Political aspects

Cooperative societies

Distributed cognition

Geobiology

Host-bacteria relationships

Octopuses

Solidarity

Inside the Breath: INT (In Network Time)

(2017-present/current)

images from exhibits, installations, and performances

Inside the Breath: INT (In Network Time)

(2017-present/current)

video stills, "The Detour is the Path"


Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth

(2015-17)


Created with and performed by Candice Salyers.


An exploration of the physics and geologic properties of interconnection and indeterminacy. Also a "nearly true" story about a forgotten nineteenth-century geologist who dedicated her life to deciphering and channelling her prophetic visions into a theory of planetary interdependency. Also a tale of how a valuing of solidity and static measurability can soften into a greater understanding and acceptance of change as the only true constant.


Florence's fictional Soft Earth Theory predicted future scientific understanding (quantum physics, chaos theory, environmental science) and forefronted social responsibility. It was constructed from pieces of spiritual and scientific ideas across cultures and time periods, and stretched from the 4th century forward to meet current understanding of the role of uncertainty in how the universe functions, and the effects of humans on the earth and other species.


Subjects:

Imaginary biography

Quantum cosmology

Social ecology

Chaotic behavior in systems

Causality (Physics)

Geology, Stratigraphic--Anthropocene

Mercy

Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth

(2015-17)

Created with and performed by Candice Salyers (pictured)

Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth

(2015-17)

Created with and performed by Candice Salyers (pictured).

Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth

(2015-17)

artists' book with stereo-viewer reels


An artists' book and stereo-viewer exploration of the physics and geologic properties of interconnection and indeterminacy, based on a "nearly true" story about a forgotten nineteenth-century geologist who dedicated her life to deciphering and channelling her prophetic visions into a theory of planetary interdependency. Also a tale of how a valuing of solidity and static measurability can soften into a greater understanding and acceptance of change as the only true constant.

You Got Eyes

(2016)

Made in collaboration with film & video artist Adam R. Levine


An experiment in movement and single-frame video inspired by photographer Robert Frank’s book The Americans.


Performance by Aretha Aoki and Sara Smith


Subjects:

Frank, Robert, 1924- Américains

Documentary photography

Photography -- Political aspects

United States Population

United States -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works

You Got Eyes

pictured: Aretha Aoki, Sara Smith

Made in collaboration with film & video artist Adam R. Levine

A Study of the Path of a Small Solar System Body; Or, The Politics of Rejection

(2007-2008)


A read-along performance about the reclassification of Pluto from planet to "dwarf planet" and the political nature of classification systems. Everyone turned the page when the bell rang.


Karinne Keithley Syers was Pluto. Emily Hricko, Goldie Peacock, and Jessamyn Schmidt were Venus, Mars, and Jupiter.


Subjects:

Cataloging

Classification

Developed countries

Developing countries

Discrimination

Group of Eight (Organization)

International Astronomical Union

Planets

Pluto

Taxonomists

What she saw and how it felt 

(2011-2012)

Developed with and performed by Sarah Baumert


A performance of episodes based on Sarah Baumert’s experiences during a five month-stay in Paris and my imaginings of those experiences. The making process began when I sent Sarah a series of readings, exercises, and assignments aimed at building familiarity with unfamiliar surroundings.


Subjects:

Americans--France--Paris

Anxiety

Architecture, French

Culture and tourism

French language

Maps

Visual perception

When last we saw our heroines...

(2005-2006)

Created with and performed by Karinne Keithley Syers and Katy Pyle and also performed by Taryn Griggs


A short project about the long arc of history and time travel. Two labor activists are caught up in a time warp. It's 1905, the year in which the IWW is founded, and in which Einstein presents his Theory of Special Relativity, a key component in some models of time travel. This experience compels them to wonder about the nature of time and space, and also to contemplate their own place in history—the impact of their activities, the likelihood that the future will remember them.


Subjects (Library of Congress):

Collective memory

Women social reformers -- History

Special relativity (Physics)

Time travel

Wormholes (Physics)

Works on Paper: a report on imaginary architecture

(2004-2005)


Created with and performed by Taryn Griggs and Karinne Keithley Syers


A dance that began with the Situationist International and the work of architect and artist Constant (Nieuwenhuys). We asked questions about the relationship between political theory, historical research, and art making, and presented a "report" of the artistic results of structural experiments. A dance about (and also not about) architecture.


“Let us be consciously imaginary architects, since we know very well that only social transformation and radical political transformation can create the basis for actual work.”

—Bruno Taut


Subjects:

Book houses

Constant, 1920-2005

Internationale situationniste

Polaroid Land camera

Utopias

Visionary architecture

Reception - Perception - Action (workshop)


An introduction to a research practice rooted in visual perception. We focus on the eye-brain connection as a starting place for greater physical understanding, and the perceptual relationship between imagination and embodiment. We work through a physical warm up and a series of exercises designed to make connections between visual and whole-body receptiveness, and examine how this informs our actions. We ask how we can use this awareness to help us re-approach seeing and moving, and how we can train ourselves to make new choices. Lastly, we focus on the implications of this practice outside the studio, especially the potential of pattern recognition and disruption to lead the way to more effective, ethical, and relational living.

The Candidate is Absent

(July, 2016)


A collaborative project of the Pinecone Finance Reform Party staff:

Bernadine Mellis, Data Visualization Technician

EE Miller, Action Research and Outreach Director

Gina Siepel, Chief Operational Engineer

Sara Smith, Archivist of Revolution Messaging


Frustrated with the state of U.S. electoral politics, we created a pop-up campaign headquarters in the A.P.E. Gallery (Northampton, MA).


From the project website: 

"The Pinecone Finance Reform Party is a forest­-floor organization inspired by historical desires and disappointments to conduct local action research with a global vision. We are manifesting a candidate who speaks with us, as we imagine a campaign and a world we can build together."



Subjects:

Political campaigns--United States

Elections

Democracy

Dreams

Books and Stereo-viewer sets


I make books and stereo-viewer sets. Sometimes I make them as an alternative form of documentation and/or continuation of a performance.

KINEBAGO

A print forum about dance and movement research in New England

(2010-2017)


1: Nell Breyer, Sara Coffey, Krista DeNio, Katherine Ferrier, David Hurwith, Ana Isabel Keilson & Daniel McCusker, Tiffany Rhynard.


2: Romain Bigé, Selene Colburn, Krista DeNio, Arthur Fink, Heidi Henderson, Annie Kloppenberg & Lauren Simpson, Dahlia Nayar, Peter Schumann/Lubberland National Dance Co.


3: Ellen Smith Ahern, Chris Aiken, Lorraine Chapman The Company, Hannah Dennison, Cassie Peterson.


4: Kathy Couch, Cookie Harrist, Kinodance, Adele Myers, Cassie Peterson.


5: Deborah Goffe, Eliza Larson, Candice Salyers, Sandra Wieser/The Living Library.


6: Billbob Brown, Katja Kolcio, Polly Motley, David R. White.


7: Charlotte Brathwaite, Christopher-Rasheem McMillan, Kelly Silliman, Wendy Woodson.


Welcome from Issue No. 1


https://lib.mit.edu/record/cat00916a/mit.002331258

Tell me a story from someone else's life

(ongoing)


A collaborative project with known and unknown collaborators. The collection of 35mm slides I have found at yard sales and thrift stores over many years is the base for slide-show performances of imagined personal and historical narratives with accompanying sound scores. Many of these orphaned images are sets, carefully labeled and organized by their original owner-creators. I try to honor that care with the project. Some stories I write, and some are contributed.


Subjects:

Audio-visual archives

Found objects (Art)

Imaginary biography

Projection art

Slides (Photography)

Stories & storytellers