Choreography and performance: Abigail Levine
Duration: Length of exhibition
Before coming back in... is a study of Alvin Lucier's Palimpsest
On nine canvases, write nine texts. As many times as the text is written, it must be erased. Once erased, the writing may begin again.
Before coming back in… transforms Alvin Lucier’s composition from a palimpsest heard to a palimpsest seen. Moving from canvas to canvas, one for each stanza of the text, the dancers mark and unmark their surfaces in a symmetrical process that, nonetheless, accumulates a record of their work and movement.
Before coming back in... is a translation. As with all translations, there is both a sense of loss and unintended creativity in the impossible endeavor of moving a work from one language to another.
Farm Project Space and Gallery, MA (July 7-14, 2014)