NOTES ON THE PROJECT / AT THE TABLE / MoMA LIBRARY/NYC APRIL 2015
a collaboration between Shelagh Keeley and choreographer / dancer Lin Snelling
from our long term research project: Performing Book ( 2003–2015 )
the space in the photograph / drawing
power of intuition
a sense of place...marking that space and time
in the photograph i draw with the camera / an extension of the body
japanese MA / collapse of time and space
drawing / film / photography / architecture
a sense of the ordinary / everyday as remarkable
accidental possibilities / imperfection / incompleteness
the ephemeral / vulnerable
the narrative of place...re-thinking space and mapping
a visual diary
drawing through slowness / an intuitive conceptual process
making sense of the world around me
a philosophy of the ordinary / everyday
the banal / simple / living in the moment
photography and drawing as site moving around and through the architecture / walls / film
narrative of place / re-thinking space in relation to the body
photographs and drawings coming from a space of intuition
and instinctive intelligence
the process of photography...corporeality, liminality, embodiment,
ephemeral, vulnerable situations
drawing / photography as a system of thought, a visual structure
at the intersection of philosophy, the political and deeply personal
a thinking process in that moment in space and time
a diary / journal of that moment
a collage / giant open notebook on the wall
i find my way through the drawing, photograph, intuition and research
to the fluid space of the wall...a vocabulary of the world around me
the wisdom and beauty of the body and its language of gestures
image, thought and gesture.
the table is a place of thought and composition...the performance
moves through the space until all the tables are left with traces of books
journals, writing, drawing and the memory of the moving body.
PERFORMING BOOK is an ongoing site-specific inquiry into dance / drawing
and the writing of a book through performance / spoken word and gesture.
the library space allows one to both physically and intellectually edit and invade
while working and thinking...inhabit and curb spaces around images, thought and gesture.
capture / release extended periods of drawing, reading, and writing into the architecture of the room.
the intuitive process of drawing driven by chance
an act of memory always attempting to reconstruct a space / time / gesture
fragments of thought / repetitions
cut-up and chance / working from the body
in the library performing the book / archives.
SHELAGH KEELEY / MUMBAI, INDIA. MARCH 2015