video stills, Notes on Empty Chairs (part1), performed March 24, 2015, at the MCA, Chicago, camera: Paul Deuth
Tomorrow, April 14, from 6 – 7 pm. FREE event
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Taking place over three Tuesday evenings, Notes on Empty Chairs is a series of three interactive performances by Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars, with assistance of Lindsey Barlag, that explore themes of empathy, loss, and remembrance in response to the exhibition Doris Salcedo. The performances are cumulative and collaboratively developed with Chicago community members.
This second performance, Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2), responds to the terms absence and presence. Both describe fundamental states of being. Through a simple choreography in relationship to Salcedo’s installations the performers explore the notion that a body in totality is much more than a physical presence. Whether representing, presenting, or standing-in, the performers negotiate what it means to occupy or create a space, as subject or object. The human body is not a concept. It is irreplaceable.
The performers for Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2) include: Marvin Tate, Matthew Robinson, Regin Iglora, Kim Chayeb, Udita Upadhyaya, Sonia Yoon, Melina Ausikaitis, Christopher Guidotti, Christopher Gambino, Soheila Sima Azida, Valentina Vella, Alex Main, Alexis Atwill, Alison Auwerda. Drummer: Dan Bitney