Lynn Lu, Matthew McKisack with Jeffrey Baker: A performance evening to accompany the exhibition Murmur
Lynn Lu’s work gestures towards the connection between the public and private realms of experience and knowledge, empathy and intimacy. Experiments in social and relational exchange, her performances underscore bodily languages relayed between herself and her audiences.
Lu’s piece for murmur picks up on the imagery and metaphorical connotations of the act of spinning. Recalling ‘spinner’ tales such as that of Rumpelstiltskin and the Miller’s Daughter who spun gold out of straw, or the myth of Arachne and Athena, Lu’s participatory performance investigates spaces of collective and subjective memory.
Matthew MacKisack’s lecture performance The Incoherence of the Incoherence (2010) played by Jeffrey Baker, translates and restages a paper presented at the l’École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem in 1969. It describes an attempt to excavate the Biblical tomb of Lazarus, the failure to do so in the face of problems such as imaginary additions to ancient topographies, and a subsequent turn to aerial photography as an alternative to excavation.
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