Animated by eight mirrored sculptures titled, when performed as a group, Interactions of the Abstract Body (2012). Each sculpture is a variation on a circle, square, triangle or ellipse and is individually titled after each shape – e.g. Interactive Abstract Body (Circle) (2012). Performers from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance will wear these geometric, mirrored structures, transforming their body into a kinetic sculpture that moves within the gallery according to a pattern choreographed by the artist. At once comic and elegant, Interactions of the Abstract Body, reflects McElheny’s interest in the oft-overlooked playful side of Modernism, from the Bauhaus parties to Francis Picabia’s painting diagrams, such as Parade Amoureuse (1917), that animate the dialectic between the body and machine.
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