The Fine Art of Schmoozy | Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture
Season 2 Episode 3 | I Don't Get It
MacEwan visiting artist: Jason de Haan
A little more insight into Soufïa Bensaïd’s project at Visualeyez:
In the same way movement is as primordial to a dancer as breathing, the simple act of movement itself becomes a dance. How can we imagine dancing ones path in life?
How do we yield to dance in a constantly changing world, while struggling with a fragmented social reality, disconnected from the essence? Is life not in continuous flux? How do we learn to accept the ephemerality of things? In accepting, does our practice become one of adaptation, of fluidity, of flexibility, of letting go?
“If we can’t chose the music, we can at least chose how to dance,” wrote Jack Kornfield.
Sometimes we respond unconsciously to the movement of the music. At other times, we resist, when it does not correspond to our expectations, our habits or landmarks. What defines the moment that we cease to resist movement? It is in accepting the unknown – movement dictated by circumstances, its flow imposed (or inspired?) by context, by the specificity of the site – opening to close listening, to surrender, which opens to what we call the performative act, to the immediacy of movement.
What is required of an artistic practice, of preparing the performative presence, to make space for letting go, to tune into the movement already present in a space, to the movement that include us, and surprises us?
What interests me at Visualeyez is taking the risk to not know in advance the outcome. It is about taking the risk to move towards the unknown. To accept ones vulnerability, and the conditions dictated by circumstance, putting them into context, in relationship to the space, to the other, will allow the living essence of the performance shine through.
Come on a walk with her tonight at 9:30, after Gavin Krastin’s performance here at the gallery and Blair Brennan’s at dc3 Art Projects. We’ll meet at Latitude 53.