taisha paggett’s site specific choreography Decomposition of a Continuous Whole which she has continued to develop since 2009, questions the indexicality of dance within the exhibition space as a critical tool of deconstruction and reflection. According to the artist in 2009: “Decomposition of a Continuous Whole is a piece where I’m blindfolded and drawing on the walls of a room. I wanted to create a space where an audience was around me, and I wasn’t aware of their viewing, their eyes. I wanted to get out of this 7 minute, 15 minute, 45 minute, evening length dance structure. I wanted to expand time and have no narrative arc. I just wanted to be in an experience. And I wanted my internal experience to be as informative as what the audience was taking in.”
Event: 5 to 8:30 PM
Where: Space D (4th Floor)
Affinities: a series of performances, screenings, and conversations
In conjunction with the exhibition Joan Jonas: From Away, DHC/ART and guest curator Barbara Clausen will present Affinities: a series of performances, screenings, and conversations, a program of events in two parts, from May 24 to 27 and from June 20 to August 26. This series will present a performance lecture by Joan Jonas with Jason Moran, performances by taisha paggett, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Simone Forti, two evenings of film and video screenings, and one afternoon of conversation. While distinct in their own practice and aesthetics, the participating artists from the fields of dance, visual arts and music, share an affinity with Jonas’s engagement and ‘insistence' on reading the world(s) against and with the flow of the times. These interdisciplinary art practices, from the fields of art, dance, poetry, and music, in a similar vanguard spirit to that of Jonas, explore modes of movement, sound and non-linear storytelling. This is reflective of a constantly evolving collective imaginary that reflects and shapes the various socio-political contexts we live in.
About the artist
taisha paggett is a Los Angeles-based queer Black artist whose individual and collaborative works for the stage, gallery and public space take up questions of the body, agency, and the phenomenology of race. paggett’s work seeks to de-center and reframe Western choreographic conventions and the ways in which bodies and spaces become normalized in both dance practices and the actions of daily life, by colliding them with social, political, cultural, and emotional metaphors and meanings. paggett's work has been presented at Danspace (New York), Defibrillator (Chicago), Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), LACE (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum (NYC), the Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto), The Studio Museum in Harlem, and is also upcoming at Diverseworks (Houston), amongst other sites. As a dancer, paggett currently works with Every House Has a Door, Meg Wolfe and with Ashley Hunt through their ongoing collaborative project, On movement, thought and politics. paggett teaches in the Dance department at UC Riverside, holds an MFA from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance program, and was a co-instigator of the LA-based dance journal project and discursive platform, itch. taishapaggett.net
Photo credit: tasha pagghet, Decomposition of a Continuous Whole, 2010, at VOX popoli. Photo: Brent Wahl, courtesy of the artist and VOX popoli, Philadelphia.