Where’s the rest of me?
As a public exhibition and solo performance, Where’s the rest of me? explores notions of fidelity and self portraiture through collective operations of distancing, concealment, removal and reversal.
Written directives, spoken plans, gestures, private comments, voice recordings, and spacial articulations construct a series of activations performed in proximity to each other at makeshift locations around a table, close to the audience, next to a pile of papers and standing on a chair. Similar to a holographic experience that retains light fields of past images, Where’s the rest of me? builds itself as a live assemblage of past and future iterations. The exhibition and performance move between what is prepared, anticipated, actual, accidental and remembered. The fragile dynamics of discovery in the creative process and the virtuosity of prepared compositions are brought closer together, exceeding our habitual trajectories of attention and enabling less prescribed encounters to occur.
Where's the rest of me? was developed during Walkey's research in the MA Choreography at the Amsterdam Universtiy of the Arts, supported by staff, colleagues and mentors Myriam van Imschoot and Jeanine Durning. The performance material was developed with a cohort of students from the MA SODA (Solo Dance Authorship) at HZT Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin.
Litó created a sense of timelessness and placelessness in her work; we were left wondering when the piece would start and where it would take place. However, without fully realizing it, we were already active participants in the work, engaged with Litó's questioning the boundaries between performer and spectator, beginning and end; we were awaiting something that in fact had already begun. Further underlined when she followed along to her own prerecorded voice, reformulating and remediating her speech, and barely keeping up with her scripted words, it became clear that Litó was engaging the audience with multiple disruptions of place and speech, pointing us to ponder even further the separation between performer and self, and performer and audience. - Dr. Erin La Cour, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Literature, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Walkey practices an experiential approach to the principal that it’s through the doing of something that we understand what is being done. By preempting readiness or predetermined acts, Where’s the rest of me? heightens states of attention and presence, always aware of the performed act as something that is shared in the moment of doing, between audience and performer. Acting as both host and instigator, Walkey’s emphasis in the work is neither on the origin or the goal but on being present to the social situation and the codes that accompany that. She continually disrupts the audience’s expectation of eventfulness, or singular meanings by never completely fulfilling her own “script.” By decidedly omitting materials, or by framing or literally covering parts of her body, she is a self that is continually reinvented or erased and remade. As audience, or invitees, we are made complicit in this unique unfolding of a process, practice and performance. - Jeanine Durning, Performer and Choreographer, New York
Photos by J.P. von Popta
︎︎︎Standing Apart Essay by Litó Walkey [PDF]
︎︎︎Response by Erin La Cour [PDF]
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