Each Tuesday evening throughout the PLATFORM, Eiko will install images, objects, and videos related to her solo project in the sanctuary at St. Mark's Church, home of Danspace Project. The installation will change, accumulate, and evolve weekly with lighting created in collaboration with Kathy Kaufmann.
For the first Tuesday event on February 23, Hussie-Taylor has invited Chan and La Rocco to respond to three of Eiko's artistic concerns: 1) the relationship of a body to a place; 2) artist as wanderer; 3) how we bear witness to change. Chan's and La Rocco's artistic responses will be presented at Danspace Project inside St. Mark's Church alongside Eiko's Church Installation.
"Eiko did not, until recently, know Paul Chan or Claudia La Rocco," explains Hussie-Taylor. "It's a bit idiosyncratic but I thought they shared some common ground. They are all productively critical while at the same time quietly hopeful, sometimes even romantic, in their sensibilities. They are not making work collaboratively but rather are creating autonomous works which will jostle more than congeal."
Chan and La Rocco will create new work specifically for the event. La Rocco writes, "My words and Paul's sculptures weren't made together, or even formally introduced. Maybe we could say they are on a blind date, set up by two friends who have a deep fondness for and interest in each other, and a hunch about certain combustible possibilities around one-night stands-especially those that take place in the house of God. Or, rather, I am saying this; Paul probably will disagree."
Chan writes, "I'm honored to disagree with Claudia in form and in spirit, and for the thrill of responding to Eiko's work and legacy."
Since returning from Hong Kong and Chile, Eiko has been in conversation with Chan and La Rocco. "Perhaps," says Hussie-Taylor, "this is now a three-way 'blind date' on February 23!"
On Tuesday, March 1 Simone White of The Poetry Project has curated an evening of poetry with Eiko. On Tuesday, March 8 Lydia Bell and guest curator Shin Otake have invited rapper, R&B singer, and painter DonChristian to respond in words and music to Eiko's work. Jones' performance will be followed by a conversation with Jones, Eiko, Shin Otake, with Bell moderating, about the role of performance in addressing violence, anger, and identity.