statement on ghosted2
Updated: Jun 24
I question a body torn: my body, pulled in multiple directions by unfinished projects, processes that require justification within a capitalist framework, and choreographies that risk distilling rich inquiry into empty shells. As I labor to produce justification for process, I’m reminded of Erin Manning who writes, “what if knowledge were not assumed to have a form already? What if we didn’t yet know what needed to be taught, let alone questioned?”
Ghosted2 wrestles with an anxiety of process that fractures and fragments clarity, resolution, and consistent artistic direction. I return to Franco “Bifo” Berardi, who states, “the mind is put to work in conditions of economic and existential precariousness. Living time is subjected to work through a fractal dispersion of both consciousness and experience, reducing coherence of lived time to fragments.” The work includes a script of a conversation between me and another being, a mannequin named Armando, which I fragment, reorder, and randomly delete entire sections to consider a reduction of coherence and its inevitable tendency towards fractal dispersion of experience and understanding.
Within a set design that highlights this corporeal fragmentation, I also take up an inquiry proposed by choreographer Ligia Lewis. “How do I build a fugitive choreography, one that’s always in the process of escaping itself, then coming back to reaffirm itself, only to slide away again?” My dancing, interacting and inter-reacting with the text, develops itinerant gestures and choreographed rhythms that elude fixity. I take aesthetic cues from Lewis’ deader than dead (2020), which utilizes bold and obscuring framing devices developed in post-production. In Ghosted, dramatic black lines and shapes interact with my corporeal impulses, at times obscuring, at times hiding, at times revealing and even exaggerating particular moments and punctuations within my embodiment.
 Erin Manning, The Minor Gesture (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019), 9.  Franco “Bifo” Berardi, The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy (Los Angeles, CA: Semiotext(e), 2009), 132.  Catherine Damman, “Ligia Lewis by Catherine Damman,” BOMB Magazine, May 15, 2019. https://bombmagazine.org/articles/ligia-lewis/
Berardi, Franco. The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy. Los Angeles, CA: Semiotext(e), 2009.
Damman, Catherine. “Ligia Lewis by Catherine Damman.” BOMB Magazine, May 15, 2019. https://bombmagazine.org/articles/ligia-lewis/
Manning, Erin. The Minor Gesture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.