As I mentioned before I often find events like Prepared Field to be somewhat overwhelming, and they usually leave me with the sense that I’ve gotten only a tiny glance at an artists work. I always want to turn the event inside out and hear the perspectives of the artists. Many of them generously shared their thoughts with me in the past weeks. There was thanks, frustration, deliberation over their process and how it correlated to the performance. Mostly there was some really great writing, which I’ve tried to edit lightly or not at all.
From Brian McCorkle of Panoply Performance Lab:
The curatorial theme of fallow time brings up for me qualities and values we so rarely honor in new york city: wakefulness, rest, stillness, patience, and moving at the unpredictable pace and unhurried rhythms of non-human natural life. My hope in my durational piece, with, is to performatively explore elongating time within a location qualified by rushed production and to embody aspects of natural living beings that move according to their own internal rhythms. Essentially a several hour long meditation, with offers an altered time-space to those who are inclined to notice it, watch it, or join it.
I just want to add that the experience was very beautiful for me. I love durational work and this piece came at a perfect time, allowing me a chance to carve out some meditative performance space. I just got back from a last-minute trip to Indonesia and this performance happened on the heels of my grandmother’s death. Coming back to NYC is such a jarring experience (though I grew up here!) and my performance/video work often explores my dis/connection and longing from the country I call home as an Indonesian-American. Fallow Time was a perfect place to slow down my pace and to consider past and future, rather than rush around stuck in the now, literally planting seeds and offering flowers to audience members who have to be patient for the gratification. When I offered the plants, I said only one thing to the receiver: This will bloom in a year from now.
From Anthony Rosado: