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The research trip allowed me to reconnect with NY based artist Lizzy De Vita. I met Lizzy during a residency/masterclass in Warsaw called Creating through Collaboration. Space. Body. Camera. led by Grzegorz Kowalski at CCA Ujadowski. This workshop opened us up to each others practices and mutual interests in performing in Visual Arts. I was invited by Lizzy to take part in a performance evening curated by Chiarina Chen called To Stage at 67 Ludlow  .

Working in relation to Lizzys performance, I worked out a series of performance sketches that may riff and jar with Lizzys performance. Our work is very different in aesthetics but the core interest is the body. The performance I presented began with a developing score called Finding Base then led to a performance reading of Letter to Hotbird3 (script) . After the text is read the script is then soaked in water and thrown upwards. I decided to work with the image of continuing a gaze between myself and the mushed up script, with this I began to push the image of myself to deterirate/degrade; like a fading photograph, as each muscle pushes the bodies structure to tension the body slowly decays downwards to the ground until the connection is gone and I am unable to see the letter. This slow movement is something I have been working with in the durational performance A boy stands in for a rock and vice versa first performed at Collactive Gallery.

I was very happy with the performance that challenged me to work instinctively and fast, working with how the audience were situated and what other factors were occuring, a live stream of an electronic music producer was playing throughout the performance.

Photos courtesy of Chiarina Chen and Claricia Kruithof.