A STUDY FOR STAIRCASE, NO. 111012 is cross-generational collaboration exploring architecture as a work for performance.
WHAT’S OUR PROJECT?
We’re mounting a one-night intervention at a famous cultural institution. By using elements of the actual space (staircase) and a curious collection of materials (metronomes, laser pointers, vinyl decals, and people) we will create a choreography of unlikely interactions that speak to the accessibility of fine art, race and expectation.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
We are doing this because together we are old and young, white and black, seasoned and energetic. But most importantly it’s because we are artists who discovered some of the same things from wildly different perspectives. Jerome Marshak's series of over four thousand photographs serves as an inspirational touchstone to Kenya (Robinson)'s investigation of movement through human interaction. We both view this experiment as an opportunity to examine the composition, content and collaboration between the audience and ourselves.
HOW THIS FUNDING HELPS
We actually want to pay our performers. And feed them during rehearsals. And, since Jerome still lives on the island of Lopez, we’ll need to get him over to the east coast. Kenya’s still a grad student in New Haven, so she’s broke by default, and needs transportation to NYC too. Of course there’s still-sound-video documentation (which we can never sell, but we’d love to share), contact microphones, portable amps, and who in the world actually owns a metronome… All in all, this idea has a lot of moving parts and we want to execute with excellence. Your contributions can help us do that.
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Each challenge provides for us an opportunity to take a creative risk and give voice to our observations in bold way. Jerome operated a successful construction business for over 30 years and has a keen sense of project management; while Kenya's tenacity is continually evidenced by her studio practice both in a professional and academic context.
Kickstarter, in its infinite wisdom, has suggested that we share some of the 'Risks and Challenges' of our project. Fortunately, since our proposal has actually been accepted by the Museum of Modern Art (along with a host of other artists) for a sanctioned night of interventions, we are working in a context of low risk. In addition to MoMA we have institutional support from RECESS Activities in New York City, which has already served as a competent liaison, making sure we balance our creative impulses with practical concerns (i.e. safety on a staircase, etc.). However, the timing of the event does present a series of challenges. The most significant is the space between securing funding and the presentation of the project in November. We are definitely cutting it close, but Kenya's status as a student and Jerome's locality on the west coast necessarily determines bit of lag time that we simply have to contend with. We are also casting at least 20 performers, which indicates a delicacy in scheduling for rehearsals and creative meetings, but again this is a challenge that will serve the project by pushing us to establish a structure that is both strong and flexible. The issue of documentation presents another challenge too, as we are using a range of cameras that are new technology for the both of us. The Museum has informed us that we won't be able to set up additional lighting and will need to make use of a space without the benefit of those accouterments. Ideally, we would have a time to rehearse in the performance space, but in this case, we are locating comparable spaces (thank goodness it's a staircase) to test our ideas and introduce the performers to our overall concept. The differences between the rehearsal space and the performance venue will be creative material that we can then mold after the fact (did some one say scary and exhilarating?). Essentially, our backers will be a part of solving each of these issues as they arise or the development a different approach that maintains fidelity with our original purpose: an exploration and exaggeration of the interactions that can happen on a staircase.
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