From March 14 to April 19, 2014, we are thrilled to present Timelining at The Kitchen, New York’s foremost venue for multidisciplinary performance.
Our first institutional solo exhibition, Timelining features new work, including sculpture, site-specific interventions, and, for the duration of the exhibition, a performance enacted whenever a viewer is present.
In short, the work is about partnership. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a score that requires two performers involved in a preexisting relationship. A performance begins when a viewer enters the gallery. Circling the space and each other in an interlocking floor pattern, the two performers speak timelines of their lives from the present moment backwards. As the timelines entwine and interact, the score produces temporal jumps and unscripted moments of intimacy.
Each performer in Timelining is part of what we are calling a “partnership”—a couple, former lovers, siblings, a mother and daughter, roommates. There’s a lot of re-thinking these days about what a partner is, and we wanted to get away from the reduction of every intimate relationship between two people to a model of romantic coupledom. Our score models what might be considered a queer relational structure between two people; for us, this means thinking about subjectivity as formed in relation to others, by desire, and always in motion.
Performers for Timelining include: devynn emory and Jen Tchiakpe, Ted Henigson and Todd McQuade, Emily Petry and Gwen Petry, R. B. Schlather and Adam Weinert, Lissy Vomáčka and Anna Vomáčka.
Timelining is all about partnership, and so is the process of bringing it to life. We’re dedicated to partnering with performers in a way that’s sustainable, ethical, and mutually supportive. This means paying them for their work and expertise throughout the process of learning and performing the score. In turn, we ask you to partner with us to make this project an artistic and financial success. With commissioning and operational support from The Kitchen as well as a grant from Art Matters Foundation, we’re already well on our way to meeting the entire production costs of this work. We need your help to raise $10,000 to help cover performers’ fees.
One of the things that we’re most excited about is that Timelining is FREE– no ticket cost, no hassle, we just want you there with us. Whether you’re able to contribute $10 or $10,000, every donation gets us closer to our goal. Regardless of your financial support, we hope you’ll spend time with Timelining at the Kitchen, now through April 19.
Partner with us today and help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 by April 19th!
The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in New York City. Gallery hours areWednesday—Friday: 12pm—6pm; Saturday: 11am-6pm. More information at http://thekitchen.org/event/gerard-kelly-timelining.
We’re dancers, writers, and visual artists, and we’ve been collaborating together since 2003. We work within an interdisciplinary framework to create project-based installations and performances using choreography, writing, and a range of other media to address questions of sexuality, collective memory, and the formation of queer consciousness.
Find out more about our work here.
Please note, though we operate as a nonprofit 501-c3 organization, donations to this Kickstarter are not tax-deductible. If you would like to make a 100% tax-deductible donation, you can do so here.
Risks and challenges
Once this project receives funding, we still face a number of challenges to make Timelining a success. Crucially, since Timelining is a performance designed to meet the demands of a five-week exhibition, we must get the word out about the show. We have our work cut out for us, but we know that if we’re able to raise $10,000 with this Kickstarter we’ll be in an incredible position to meet these challenges!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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