Simultaneously drawing from Merce Cunningham and Meg Stuart, I am interested in impossible tasks. Cunningham pressed up against the limits of the trained body- explicitly expanding the realm of possibility (the oft-quoted maxim: “the only way to do it is to do it”). I remember reading an interview with Meg Stuart in which she said her goal for a work was to literally change the weather. I first tried a very basic iteration of this impossibility score in a workshop with Sarah Michelson in January 2016. I attempted to transubstantiate- going back to confusion in my childhood about catholicism (I saw it as a symbol, but a priest insisted it was literal). I wanted to go back to it and refine it.
Nicole and I began our work period by listing impossible things: change the color of your blood, become younger, take up no space, exceed the speed of light, be in two places at once, fly, know everything. At Nicole’s suggestion, we went with “know everything.” We did a series of rapid prototypes and refinements.
The spatial relationship between the two of us is cyclical, circuitous, orbital.
The default speed is slower than the speed of everyday interaction, and the default pathway is immobile, staying more or less in the same space. I challenged the space, but not the time.
There is a subscore operating: predict the future. Predict each other’s movements.
And a sub-task: banish curiosity and banish fascination (“fascination is the opposite of knowledge”)
Omniscience without omnipotence.