Silent yarning durational performance installation

Morris, Louise 2016, Silent yarning durational performance installation, Gumbi Gumbi Gardens USQ Toowoomba, 2016.

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Performance name Silent yarning durational performance installation
Creator(s) Morris, Louise
Year presented/published 2016
Publisher ADSA
Place of publication [Toowoomba]
Performance venue Gumbi Gumbi Gardens USQ Toowoomba
Performance end date 2016
Description of performance Durational Installation constructed over several hours in the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens USQ. This durational performance and presentation speaks to the concerns of my practice-led PhD which is examining the ways in which the ‘post-traumatic’ has appeared to dominate artistic representation in contemporary Western culture since the turn of the millennia, and asks fundamental questions about collapse (‘collapsus’; the past participle of ‘collabi’ translated as ‘fall together’). As our ‘global community’ draws closer together its shadow of falling together becomes evermore apparent and we seek pathways of renewal. My research questions why, at points of perceived or ‘impending’ collapse (social, economic, environmental), we return to the social sacred as a means to still our latent sense of impending chaos. What I am fundamentally referring to here is not drawing upon established theological or religious doctrines rather I am speaking to a ‘sanctification’ of social life - a revaluing of the importance of ‘live and emplaced’ social interaction and a reading of ‘affects’ of community as deeply integral to the human subject. My practice is concerned with what I perceive as a revitalisation of the social sacred manifested through contemporary live performance events that engage with multiple senses of place and a spiritual understanding of location evidenced cyclically by the ritualistic drives of the 20th Century avant garde. Specifically, this work is responding to the practice of Sachiko Abe Cut Papers and Marina Abramovic’s Private Archaeology. The primary drive to reconnect art and life in times of socio-political disruption and to expose immanence through participatory action is a defining and connecting factor of ritual based practices that tap into the social sacred. My research questions why we appear to be here AGAIN with such ‘immediacy’ and desperate need for ‘immersion’ and reconnection. To touch, to move, to be affected...together.
Keyword(s) performance
Notes Presented at ADSA 2016: Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect
Language eng
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category J1 Major original creative work
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