Futurocity: Drawing in the Cities of Tomorrow

Cities of Tomorrow: a project with the Bauhaus

Posted in Trace (Singapore) by roundladder on May 14, 2009
Trace, Singapore 2009

Trace, Singapore 2009

Created in 2008 and 2009 while an artist fellow at the Bauhaus in Germany, Joynes choreographed performative drawings that traced bee-like pathways of light created by independent movements of performance arts to create a formless and deconstructed drawing of movement. It also explores human trace as an afterburn or echo of an event.

This series was also inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s 1920s Bauhaus Stage performances (Triadisches Ballett, Egocentric Space Lines) where the performers engage real-time as they interface with the space around them and each other – as well as contemporary interpretations (Record Dances at the Bauhaus 2008).  6_Joynes.Trace(Singapore)09Watching performers I began to imagine the drawing that was being created over a series of moments.

After staging this first in Berlin with performers from Holland, Australia and the UK in November 2008 I staged Trace in Singapore with twenty artists, photographers and dancers from Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Indonesia and Singapore including faculty and dance students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, SIngapore and Lasalle School of Art, Singapore – in twelve night-time exterior spaces that were sites of impending transition – darkness filled spaces surrounded by illuminated block towers.

JoynesTrace.Singapore5(w)Each performer carried a light-source and reflectively traced objects within his/her immediate space including other dancers.  The result was a series of captured performative moments that revealed both the trace of their movement but also the outline of their bodies often standing as silent witnesses to the captured moment.

The result is a ghost image.

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