...Can be performed by anyone who'd like to develop deeper relationships with their objects.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in print, on screens, and billboards, corporate entities encourage us to buy their products and services. Visit your local movie theater, turn on the nightly news and see the steady stream of corporate sponsored entertainment that makes up our consumer culture. It's hard to deny that we are living in a material world.
But what if instead of condemning materialism, we embraced it?
Based on field work conducted at factories and private collections, Instructions for movement with furniture is part of an interactive installation and dance performance, that functions to reveal the intrinsic connections between us, our stuff, and the material world.
It’s a new kind of materialism, a conscience process of getting to know what we have now...
...to move and feel our relationship with matter, temper our consumption, and leave something for the future.
Originally conceived by Sasha Petrenko while in residence at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center for Performance in NY, the performance consists of a set of 12 instructions that can be performed by anyone interested in developing deeper relationships with their objects.
Our performance asks the audience to reconsider their relationships with objects, beyond the thing's market value. Can our lives be enhanced with a deeper understanding of our material world, where our things come from, how and by whom they were made? Add to that the memories that might be held by that chair, foot stool or table. This is how it works:
Sasha Petrenko arrives at a location and begins researching the objects and furniture she finds there, while she collects sounds from the space and the surrounding environment. She then creates a custom soundtrack and set from what she finds in each space to make a uniquely poignant performance.
It's part ritual, part dance, part workshop, and a moving installation with dancers, sound and furniture. Or maybe too a criticism of the current wave of yogi-self-help programs cashing in on our search for something meaningful in an overly materialistic world. It could work!
We would like to bring Instructions for Movement with Furniture to museums, public and private institutions, and people's homes, where we can offer a completely immersive experience for researchers, patrons, guests and individuals. Imagine an institution's design collection the set and subject for our site-specific performance, where Sasha discusses an object's provenance, famous or forgotten designers and craftspeople, and the historic or humanistic significance of the piece. Like no other program, our project will engage audiences, inform and entertain!
At each performance we provide the audience with copies of the instructions, and the instructions can also be heard as part of the soundtrack. At any time audience members may join in or take the workshop instructions home to try on their own or with a friend.
This April we will be performing for two nights in San Francisco. Invited by leading Bay Area choreographer Hope Mohr, the performances will take place at Footloose Shotwell Studios located at 3252 19th Street, at the corner of Shotwell and 19th, 8-10 PM. Tickets available at Brownpapertickets!
Funding will be used to pay for rehearsal space, carshare to transport furniture, a videographer, a still photographer and to provide a modest stipend to our dancers. This performance marks a major step toward our goal of reaching new audiences, and brings us closer to our dream of presenting the work in galleries, homes and museums around the world.
For more about the project definitely watch the video produced in collaboration with dancers, radio artists Sharon Mashihi and Rachel James. And read Tom Clyde's eloquent analysis here. Please consider being part of our project by donating what you can. It all adds up! Please check out our donor gifts and feel free to contact us with special requests, comments and suggestions. Thank you!
Photo credits: Hron Axelsdottir, Sasha Petrenko, Johnna Arnold. Design: i-f-m-w-f by Dym Products.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 27, 2012.
Apr 6, 2012 - Apr 27, 2012 (21 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Receive an electronic version of the instructions to do on your own or with a friend.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $25 or more
send us an image of a favorite object or piece of furniture, to receive an individualized object mediation session where we conduct research, and offer 3 movements to better connect you to your stuff. Your mediation will be mailed to your home along with a one of a kind pencil drawing of your piece with accompanying research and your personal instructions!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
One free ticket to our upcoming San Francisco performance (April 27 or 28th)! Plus send us an image of a favorite object or piece of furniture, to receive an individualized object mediation session where we conduct research, and offer 3 movements to better connect you to your stuff. Your mediation will be mailed to your home along with a one of a kind watercolor of the your piece with accompanying research and your personal instructions!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $100 or more
2 tickets to our upcoming performance (April 27 or 28) in San Francisco! Plus send us an image of a favorite object or piece of furniture, to receive an individualized object mediation session where we conduct research, and offer 3 movements to better connect you to your stuff. Your mediation will be mailed to your home along with a one of a kind watercolor of your piece with accompanying research and your personal instructions!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $250 or more
Locals Only Special: Have a party, invite some friends to enjoy a special performance of Instructions for Movement with Furniture, performed by our dancers in your home, with your furniture! Plus 2 tickets to our upcoming performance (April 27 or 28) in San Francisco! and everything else!Estimated delivery: Dec 2013