curated by Renee Vara
Once the party commences, the performers will distribute color ribbons
to individuals. Each participant will receive a ribbon and will be asked
to tie theirs with another partygoer, thereby the exchange process forces
each partygoer to make two other connections. Such connections may be
made with strangers, friends or lovers to simultaneously capture the social
structures of the contemporary art world and represent the scientific
networks that format our everyday lives. The ensuing interactions create
a system, a structure, which often we are unaware of, as they are immaterial
and intangible. To make the invisible visible, a blinking t light will
be attached to each ribbon whereby the social connections made at the
party, although ephemeral, will "map" the process of the performance.
In addition, the name of each participant will recorded on each ribbon
to document and delineate the specific links made from either existing
or new social relations during the party.
The resultant soft sculpture will be displayed . Each participant's name
and their "connector's name" will appear in a published document
as an archival record for the performance to give form to the previous
nights historical activity. The final sculpture is a visually mystery
as it is a sculpture created out of communal participation that will develop
a pattern only after it is experienced. Like social conditions and systems
brought about through human interactions, the work is simultaneously mobile
and immobile, permanent and impermanent, stable and indeterminate.
Renée N. Vara