Dress, Score, Tether was performed on 5 June 2014 as part of Invito Spectatore: Four Collaborations between Poet and Performance Artist, which was hosted at Greene Exhibitions. The other performances included ones by poet Brandon Som and choreographer Rebecca Pappas, the theatre company American Laboratory (Kirin McCrory and Michael Stablein, Jr), and poet Fred Moten and artist Wu Tsang.
Dress, Score, Tether has started a current collaborative project with Mary Burge, a metonymic chain of performances created by a process-driven practice. In general, our collaborations endeavor to activate spaces with the tension between writing and gesture. Maa, a formalist poet, and Burge, a technology-focused visual artist, seek to draw parallels between verbal and visual rituals, and explore how the destruction of one affects the other.
Dress, Score, Tether started with the image of our two bodies counterweighing each other via a cotton tether. With that the dialectical process started: Maa wrote his words, Burge made her dress, and the two talked about, debated often over, the gestures that would underpin the performance. With the piece, we attempted to dismember and re-ritualize our respective daily practices to make a particular space—here a white cube—a sacred, social one, for as Henri Lefebvre wrote, “(Social) space is a (social product).” The remnants of Dress, Score, Tether—the charcoal streaked cotton fabric—are being reworked into the next installation and performance.