Studio Ghosts, 2018
Single-Channel Video, 00:12:00
How does bodily memory shape historicity and what is the potentiality of documenting history through dance? A body remembers a past differently from the mind and it is a starting point of self-reflection and a place of phenomenological encounters with the world. My performances are dedicated to invisible people and forgotten places which are documented, interrogated and reenacted through my own decaying body. My movements become a fleeting evidence of their absence. This way of documenting a past is a hopeful effort of archiving history that a word, an image or the mind cannot bear. Studio Ghosts (2018) is a single-channel video projection that can be considered as a study of movements depicting notions haunting and support. In a dreamlike state, two ghostly bodies enter in and out a white, sterilized studio space while perceiving, missing and supporting each other. Their bodies move in slow-motion, however, one ghost dances 20% slower and the other ghost 50% slower than real time, suggesting that they move in different time zones, yet coexist in a same here and now. A systematic use of repetition, suspension, acceleration and deceleration in the choreography explores temporal elasticities and experiences of time.