[-empyre-] On layering

naxsmash naxsmash at mac.com
Fri May 15 16:05:59 EST 2009

Here's a cool project , speaking of the in-between!  between twins, by  
Di Mainstone

Conceived as part of her residency at V2 Institute in Rotterdam, Di  
Mainstone's SHAREWEAR explores our desire for a connection to "home"  
in an increasingly transient world. Referencing familiar icons of the  
home, such as the armrest on our favourite sofa, SHAREWEAR comprises  
of a pair of reconfigurable, electronic dresses that physically slot  
together to activate atmospheric pools of light.  Worn by identical  
twins as part of a performance, the dresses create an in-between place  
amid private and shared space, inviting both wearer and audience to,  
get close, lean on one another, unleash the unexpected and cast long  

Di is a resident  artist at Eyebeam. http://eyebeam.org/people/di-mainstone


On May 13, 2009, at 10:57 PM, Ashley Ferro-Murray wrote:

> I would like to bring focus back to the “layer,” a concept that Renate
> and Tim mentioned in their description of the curatorial intentions
> behind this "Critical Motion Practice" topic. When I compose
> choreography I often instruct my dancers to "repeat" certain phrases
> either in a row or in different contexts throughout a composition.
> When I say, "repeat," though, I intend to invoke a conceptual layering
> of movement. In a choreographic structure, one movement could have a
> different effect depending on the way that the action or lack thereof
> is performed and where in the composition it occurs. Nora's
> Synchronous Objects project uncovers Forsythe's choreographic layering
> and makes the space in-between layers visible, or audible in multiple
> ways.
> I also layer "objects" when I program live interaction in Max. Often,
> I create a sub-patch (translated into movement-based language, each
> object is like one movement and each sub-patch is like a phrase) where
> I connect different objects to perform a specific task. As I often
> include the sub-patch in multiple places throughout the program, it
> will have a unique effect depending on how and where it is placed. So,
> I layer objects and sub-patches to perform specific actions.
> In both cases the in-between surrounds and connects each layer.
> Similarly, philosophical concept and argumentation can include
> layering. The length and the density of the text are specific to each
> piece. Each concept references and transforms the next. To
> re-introduce a concept multiple times in one argument holds specific
> rhetorical affect. Repetition, or multiplicity in layering (within an
> infinitely divisible product) produces what I think of as space for
> the in-between.
> Ashley
> --
> Ashley Ferro-Murray
> MA/PhD Student
> Dept. Theater, Dance & Performance Studies
> University of California, Berkeley
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