Video Installation: Steve Paxton. Weight of Sensation. 2008
Monday, October 15, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor
The Performance Program is part of MoMA’s increased focus on the historical as well as the contemporary practice of performance-based art. The ongoing series brings documentation and reenactments of historic performances, thematic group exhibitions, solo presentations, and original performance works to various locations throughout the Museum.
In addition to his seminal postmodern dance works Satisfyin' Lover (1967) and State (1968), Steve Paxton's video Weight of Sensation is projected on the ceiling of the Marron Atrium. Weight of Sensation (2008) is extracted from the educational DVD-ROM Material for the Spine, in which Paxton lays out a technical approach based on Contact Improvisation, a movement technique he developed in 1972 that was influenced by his studies in the martial arts and based on ideas of improvisation, gravity, and the momentum between two bodies. The artist is filmed from beneath a glass pane, talking down to the viewer about his muscular and tactile sensations of weight and gravity. With his teachings Paxton "aims to bring consciousness to the dark side of the body, that is the 'other' side, or the inside, those sides not much self-seen, and to submit sensations from them to the mind for consideration." The video (approx. 10 min.) is presented on a loop during museum hours.
In conjunction with the exhibition Some sweet day