ARCHEOGRAPHY IV is a performative installation produced in conjunction with Movement Research Festival 2009: ROLL CALL. The exhibition features new works of architecture and performance conceived collaboratively by Live Architecture Network and choreographer Biba Bell.
ARCHEOGRAPHY IV is the fourth and final installation of the ARCHEOGRAPHY PROJECT series at SUPERFRONT, which has presented the combined work of architects and choreographers since October 2008. The investigation presumes that precepts of movement may act authoritatively upon architecture and, conversely, that architecture may operate within a logic of performance.
This multi-disciplinary exhibition was on view from April 30, 2009 through June 30, 2009. Live performances took place in the installation Thursday, April 30th at 7PM. In conjunction with Movement Research Festival 2009: ROLL CALL, the installation explores an integration between choreography and architecture. This year, the four Movement Research Festival curators are each Brooklyn-based visual and performing artists who will address the vitality of the outer boroughs as a vibrant network of creative outlets for performance and discourse.
The Movement Research Spring Festival 2009: ROLL CALL will focus on themes of ongoing experimentation. Design competitions, virtual projects, public demonstrations, installations, dances, screenings, panel discussion, parties and performative economics will be in play during the Spring Festival. As curators we aim to expand Movement Research Festival audiences, volunteers and performers by teaming up with a wide range of co-curating visual and performing arts venues. This effort will initiate and highlight performance-minded programming around the city while reaching new communities and demonstrating the ideological flexibility of performance. Via these curatorial partnerships, the Spring Festival will reach out to artists of diverse age, geographic and disciplinary backgrounds and facilitate collaboration and response among them.
JAMES COLEMAN & CARLO MARIA CIAMPOLI of Live Architecture Network, a collective of young architects that works between Barcelona, Boulder, and Brooklyn, have designed an installation specifically for this one evening of performance. Constructed of 1,000 feet of elastic and fixed to the gallery walls through digitally fabricated tracks, the installation creates undulating planes for observation and movement. Both the audience and choreographer, Biba Bell of URISOV, will navigate this soft-scape terrain. The installation will remain on view at the gallery, following the one evening of performance, through June 30, 2009.
LIVE ARCHITECTURE NETWORK focuses on DIGITAL DESIGN + FABRICATION as a means to forwarding composite processes/collaborations driving architectural development. LaN recognizes the power of digital fabrication, not merely as a toolset of a high technical caliber, but as the driver of particular groupings of resources–an organization of human, economic, and material assets–varying widely based on project circumstances. LaN’s mode of operation is PARAMETRIC in nature, and seeks to with re-associate architecture with a flexible, non-authoritative, temporal, & data-rich practice of SPATIAL DESIGN.
BIBA BELL is a dancer/artist/scholar. She likes to consider encounters between people, objects and spaces as folding interstices between strands of choreography and improvisation, both in the studio and out. She is interested in engaging movement with built structure, architecture and site, and wonders how dance moves outside the “venue.” Biba makes her own work under the moniker URISOV. 2009 highlights thus far include a week of dancing in Marfa, TX with Deborah Hay, performing with musician Jandek, and dancing all over the place with Felicia Ballos and Jmy Leary in MGM Grand. Biba is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU, working under the mentorship of André Lepecki.