On Friday 7 July at our monthly CAS gathering, Kimvi relayed her experiences and explorations of ‘Performance As Medium: You Are Enough’. Artists present were invited to respond blind (from their own starting point). With me, I brought clay rich mud and memories of earthy landscapes.
I am learning the language of the body. The body of me and the body of the earth.
1. At Charmouth the whole landscape was moving. The cliff eroding right before our eyes. On one side, the sea rushing onto the beach. On the other the sound of rockfalls, pebbles and stones. Between them, slow rivers of clay creating shapes on the sand:
2. The mud on the common smelt clean and full of winter. It gripped my boots, flowed around every step, hugging my legs. I, sunk right up to my knees, walk slowly through the trees, half in the earth, half in the air. The land and I, the mud and I. Deep in. I feel like I am travelling beneath the surface of the earth, half in the dark. Friends now, I take the mud with me. Literally. I am not ready to part.
Mud and I
And so, in the quiet of a local cemetery I improvised a response to the clay rich mud.
(All images courtesy of Kimvi Nguyen)
With an audience present for the first time, this is my first solo performance with witnesses. Until now, my improvised movement practice has been in the context of Dance and ‘Body as Medium’. During the evening Kimvi Nguyen talked to us about Performance Art as a Visual Arts medium.
According to Jurgen Fritz the Performative Image is found through the process of performance which uses the artist, the artists body, and the artists emotion as material. It is strange then, that this is the first time I have added props and additional materials to my movement practice.
Notes and Observations
“From doing improvised movement and performance art you learn about your boundaries.” There is no right or wrong.
The performative aspect comes from being present, full of presence, whilst responding to your material.
There’s an aspect of sticking with it, letting the emotions, thoughts, and impulses that arise take form through your physicality. In this way performance in visual art is process based, not planned, a process of discovery.
“Have confidence in your experience and trust yourselves” – said Kimvi.
It can feel like a risk. Because there is no hiding. This art form is honest. If it’s not honest, it becomes something else.
It can feel like a risk. Because to perform a moment in this way is to say “this is important”.
In the act, we dare to say: “My experience is important” and “I am enough”.
In this way I have continued my exploration of ‘phenomena’. The intra-action between two or more (of anything) is the ‘phenomena’. You inform the phenomena by what you focus on.
The artist is both she who acts and the medium acted upon. So too is the audience, and in the entanglement or exchange, the phenomena is made.
As a group CAS artists first explored ‘phenomena’ in May when I invited them to bring objects to respond to. Through them, we explored ‘Resonance and Entanglement“.