ALLUSION TO A BODY NO LONGER PRESENT
Selected and commissioned for the
Swiss Church in London
1-16 March 2018
Winner of the Swiss Church annual curatorial collaboration with Goldsmiths College.
Restaged for St. Giles Church, Barbican
commissioned by Kunstraum as part of
Block Universe Festival
2 June 2018
Performative installation by Sara Rodrigues and Tyler Eash
Camille Bréchignac and George Watson
Rodrigo B. Camacho
50 minute performance
“Allusion to a Body No Longer Present” was originally created for the Swiss Church, dealing with questions of impermanence, legacy and significance, heightened by the location within a church that resembles a white cube. It is composed of a collection of props displayed as an installation; breathing air mattresses, mounds of wet clay, stacks of drinking glasses, a large mirror, and clothing. These form the primary elements of the installation; the simple materials alluding to and providing support for performances of creation, sentience, and destruction. These items together act as a trace-like memory of the performance – and remained present between and after performances.
The script of the performance takes as its point of departure a series of interviews the artists conducted with the varied communities of the Swiss Church congregation on questions of mortality, faith and legacy; attaining to both the universal and the personal. The transcriptions and ideas from these conversations were then used to create the performance script, which includes selected phrases and excerpts from the interviews, live actions, choreographed movements and interactions with the stage props.
St. Giles Church, Barbican. Images by Olga Koroleva
Swiss Church in London. Images by Chris Hinojosa and Camille Bréchignac