Man lives with things mainly, even exclusively--since sentiment and action in him depend upon his mental representations--as they are conveyed to him by language. Through the same act by which he spins language out of himself he weaves himself into it, and every language draws a circle around the people to which it belongs, a circle that can only be transcended in so far as one at the same time enters another one.
~ Wilhelm von Humboldt (from Prisms by Theodor W. Adorno)
Biba Bell, Gelsey Bell, Will Bowling, Claire Duplantier, Musetta Durkee, Jamm Leary, Ruby MacDougall, and a group of joggers.
Fellini's Satyricon sung in mirror canon by Gelsey & Musetta.
I am curious about identity in relationship to another, an intimate other. I am curious as to trait and character, affect and sympathy that are generated in response to another. And what of this other is projection and/or reflection of the self? Is one able to distinguish the self in another – where overlap occurs, where the discretion of the body begins to waver? Furthermore, I am curious as to how this place between, where lack might occur, is inhabited by an alterity of the two selves, envisioned as a space where identities are constantly projected, absorbed, refracted and reflected, where the epidermal layer of self is translucent and transparent, creating a space between the two that acts somewhat like a prism. These bodies might at once be supported in special space by soaring, radiating light - harnessed, generated and expressed by each self in the rise to meet. The energies converging in this space may also have a different temporal life… if the bodies are at once absent, what remains as a trace? Might space be marked or carved by the movement of this dance, invisible yet present?
Properties of a prism:
+ refracts, reflects and disperses light into constituent spectral colors;
+ traditionally a triangle in shape;
+ as light enters it is slowed down and bent;
+ acts like a mirror;
+ polarizes light.
PRISM performance iterations:
#1: Jan 9, 2007 (3 Pieces, SF)
#2: Feb 17, 2007 (The Tank, NYC)
#3: March 29, 2007 (Williamsburg)
#4: March 30, 2007 (IVE, Bushwick)
#5: April 19, 2007 (Galapagos, Williamsburg)
#5: May 23-26, 2007 (D-U-S, Chocolate Factory, LIC)
#7: April 23, 2007 @ Judson Memorial Church (NYC)