The installation for i believe in echoes was formed in collaboration with taisha paggett. It was developed around ideas of the body as impacted by notions of land and geography, geological time, and the potentials and limits of making space. The design and construction of the space considers paggett’s conception of the “meadow,” a phenomenological and speculative geography as a place for physical and psychic embodiment within concepts of blackness and queerness. It is an ecosystem of consciousness in which fugitive bodies query the historical delineation of inside-outside, and the social hierarchies that determine access and restriction.
The installation was created as echoes between land and body: a mountainous mound being, a volcanic lava flow created from carpet, a continuous stream of light and shadow penetrating the space, sound as a mode of navigation and environment, and the potential of consciousness in non-living materials and forms. The physical construction considers materiality and forming in relation to place and space making as rooted in movement-based practices and the body as an integral piece of the geological. Each person who enters the work becomes involved in structures of their own material and dimensional experience including place-ment and locate-ing.
opening performance documentation
Performance choreographed and performed by taisha paggett
i believe in echoes
Audain Gallery, at Simon Fraser University: Vancouver, Canada
Curated by Amy Kazymerchyk
Videography on 3-channel Video: A collaboration between Han Pham and taisha paggett
Installation and performance image credit: Blaine Campbell
This work was co-presented by SFU Galleries and Western Front. The exhibition and related public programming were supported by SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ Audain Visual Artist in Residence program and Canada Council for the Arts.