The Documenting Articulate 2010-2020: Performance show, per.doc, is one of four planned Decade shows where artists revisit work presented at Articulate over the last 10 years. In this instance, we spotlight performances that previously inhabited the space and evoke them for a second time. As is with the ephemeral nature of performances, their evocation relies on documentation. This presentation of performance work considers the myriad of approaches and mediums we can harness to translate a particular moment in time and space.
Per.doc was due to run through August however, due to the Sydney lockdown, the show will likely be postponed to early 2022. For now, Articulate will host a series of online talks by some of the presenting artists, and share a preliminary version of the show's catalogue.
In his introductory essay for the catalogue, Alan Schacher poses a variety of questions the artists are invited to imagine and reflect upon in relation to their work, old and new. One line of inquiry considers the temporary interaction that occurs between the performing body and its spatial context. This can be thought of as a two-way relationship: the way architecture and place inherently imposes itself on the body, and also how the performer actively responds to, interprets, borrows from, and gives back to the space. As a show operating through the lens of documentation, another inquiry looks at our unique positions on translating work. Per.doc is a diverse demonstration of documentation with some artists opting to reintroduce select artefacts and tools loaded by their performance, others reviving soundscapes and sensorial environments, or evoking an experience of the performative event through stills and video, and yet others looking to a body-centric mode of documentation borne by the performer, participants, and witnesses.
The first per.doc Artist Talks, inviting Alison Clouston & Boyd, Tom Isaacs, and Alan Schacher, will be held at 6.30-7.30pm Monday 23rd August.
On the evening, access the live Zoom session here, or use Zoom meeting ID 823 7907 7571, and Passcode 431565. We look forward to seeing you there.