Documentation Study (Make Your Bed) (2020)
Documentation has a precedent within performance art. Recorded images are prioritized as proof of the event, but a concession for the lived experience. As a result, the two are often conflated and seen as dependent on each other. Further, performance documentation usually has a commercial cache and attachments to the value of ownership rather than authorship. This installation aims to present the objects and the conditions pre-and post-performance, and by doing so, create an affective space. This offers an experience of the performance Make Your Bed, beyond visual, working towards the material, corporeal and cerebral.
Central to this discussion is the email sent within the cohort about attending my performance. So much is learned about the event before it happens. Dated October 20, 2020, the email documents a collaborative effort to present work - the email text acts as a memorandum for the performance. The staff lounge is a satellite space where preparations happened outside the gallery. It operates as a palimpsest for presenting the levels of documentation, minimizing the impact of the images.
The email in question, and longer writing about the work are below. This installation is conceptually coupled with the performance Make Your Bed (2020). Details on that work are here.