Overview, Images
Luigi Vescio, now THIS BODY, 2022. Photograph Caique Rodrigues. Courtesy the artist.

now THIS BODY

Luigi Vescio , Rebecca Willcox, Mason Kelly, LJ Connolly-Hiatt

21 Sep–8 Oct 2022

While the future of touch is unstable, ‘now THIS BODY’ is an interdisciplinary and multi-species gathering for agents of support, care and tenderness. Luigi Vescio’s expanded choreographies depart where liveness meets materiality to consider a complex, polytemporal and polyspatial notion of connection and collaboration.

‘now THIS BODY’ is a multidisciplinary installation incorporating digital prints on paper and fabric, moving image, text and live performance. This exhibition is a further iteration of a collaborative exhibition/performance ‘NOW this body WHAT’, commissioned by Temperance Hall/Phillip Adams and presented to a sell-out audience for Midsumma Festival, February 2020. The work was a ritual site of queer play and a celebration of the radical happening. Survival, support and care were prioritised, following the bush fires which raged throughout summer. These notions have become increasingly prevalent in a fragmented society where physical separation and lockdowns have changed how we touch and co-exist among human and non-human forms.

This project considers an expanded notion of choreography, involving forms and movements from distinct times and places. Each art object is valued as a performing body in a temporary space. A live series of solo performances will invigorate the detritus of almost forgotten dances, in consideration of memory, authorship, instability, embodied histories and imitation. Through digital and embodied technologies, a re-contextualisation of past events speaks to an indeterminacy of time, space and lucidity.

LIVE PERFORMANCE

WHAT remains
Saturday 1 October 2 - 4pm

Luigi Vescio, Mason Kelly, LJ Connolly-Hiatt

‘WHAT remains’ is a series of twenty minute solos which recontextualise material from the two hour collaborative performance/exhibition ‘NOW this body WHAT’ (2020). Original cast members work with what the body remembers while imitating a solo performed prior.

Embodied actions retransmitted across several bodies. Collaborative acts performed by one. Memory as kinaesthetic collage. Dancers as superior imitators. Authorship in collaborative liveness, a messy fuckfest.

All Welcome.

EXHIBITION TEXT + ROOMSHEET


Acknowledgements
Performers/collaborators: Mason Kelly, LJ Connolly-Hiatt, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Peter Cripps Clark, Yianna Dorward
Sculptor: Rebecca Willcox
Photographer: Caique Rodrigues
Videographer: Jacob Edmonds
Sound design: Juicy VelourLighting design: Tom Roach
Early development collaborator: Sophie Gargan

Thanks to Phillip Adams, Temperance Hall and Chunky Move.

Onsite, Exhibition
Opening: 21 Sep 2022, 8am–10am
‘WHAT remains’. A series of twenty minute solos...: 1 Oct 2022, 4am–6am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.