Vanishing Point, 2018

Live Performance (30' 00')'

Werkartz Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Vanishing Point (Dancing Body at a Vanishing Point of History) looked at the human body in a place and time of restriction and crisis. It told the story of a dancing body at a vanishing point of its history battling an impossible fight to remain visible, beautiful and strong . Movements represented its desperate struggle to free itself from its choreographed existence. The once beautiful body was soon covered with dirt and sweat, crying and morphing slowly into an estranged, hideous and horrid figure that created an uneasy energy among the audience. The use of the body in this work as an aesthetic medium was not a privilege, but aimed to represent a tragic story such as an act of resistance, a method of urgency, a cry for help or a means of survival. It ultimately aimed to show the need to freely express during times of repression when the human body is the last radical media left to us. As an imagined reenactment, this work was dedicated to Korean dancer and choreographer Choi Seung-hee (1911-1969), who resisted the Japanese colonial period through reimagining traditional Korean performance. 

 

Vanishing Point video stills: 

Fragments of memories come together into a membrane over absence.

Only the movements of the body can touch the membrane.

Again and again the attempt to touch, to press, to rub, to mark.

-Natalie Mik

 

Video documentation by Christian Alvarez