Parallels
Cell Project Space, London
Parallels marks the launch of Cellular, an experimental Live Art and Media-based programme at Cell Project Space.
Live online June / July 2020



Parallels are variations of a body of work, generous movements inter-linked by actions alluding to something more; a development. The shown archive is a reference but also a new stage constructed in and out of a changing situation. Methods vary and develop. Where before we were just two, now we are three. Motherhood is a change of circumstance, a welcome noise that accompanies any future dialogue; the not-so-silent partner. This pre-staging of work is the work, a current condition as well as a reference to the past.

Our friendship was born out of a need for a body to complete a body of work; a sought favour, but fast and fervently we became something personal, a perpetual wave of gestures unfurling. Collaboration is communication, a mercurial inconsistency, but even through wavering and oscillation, a rowing movement gradually speeds up and gains momentum.

Movements result from a collaborative process representative of the present personal parallels. The work itself is the relationship shown. What starts as two bodies springs another, because no work made with another is autonomous of the other. Silent partners who are entirely elemental to the process are often just borrowed voices, bodies and makers or others instead of collaborators, co-workers or engaged in collectives. This archive of referential re-works accentuate the resulting body which is the collaborative body, a voice interdependent on both roles. The artist and the dancer are static titles turned into metronomic movements which swing so fast and hard with gestures, turning these titles into tropes. 

Working through a moment of change, Parallels stages a series of interdependent movements, sounds and text that are part choreographed, part improvised.

Drawing on the philosophies of the X6 Collective, and addressing the ongoing urgency to place dance within its social context,
Parallels exposes properties of the personal, subjective and circumstantial;
methods that change with motherhood; and the process of making work as a matter of work.

Parallels' responsive and continually developing form not only adapts to the conditions of its environment, but importantly also to the language of an-other,
as Berger describes: “We encounter from afar someone whom we now relate to in a circumference.
The margins of distance which we keep from others have grown, and so gesticulation becomes broader as our small and simple gestures lose weight in conversation.”

Originally conceived as a public event to take place in conjunction with the exhibition X6 Dance Space (1976-80): Liberation Notes –
Parallels is restaged as a video work, performed and filmed at Cell Project Space in isolation and without an audience.

https://www.cellprojects.org/files/text_parallels.pdf