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Archiving the Gesture

Archiving the Gesture (2015). Performance by Shelley Senter in Oscar Tuazon's An Error (2011). Photograph by Stuart Comer.

Invited panelist to speak on preservation issues of lens-based media and live art at The Museum of Modern Art retreat for the Media and Performance Art acquisition committee. Presenters include: Bill Brand, Janet Cardiff, Ben Fino-Radin, Athena Holbrook, Ana Janevski, Kate Lewis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Anthony McCall, Peter Oleksik, Cori Olinghouse, Rafeal Rozendaal, Shelley Senter, and Katie Trainor.

In this experimental lecture, Cori Olinghouse and Shelley Senter share their evolving practices around the archiving and transmission of Trisha Brown’s artistic work, from two distinct vantage points. Olinghouse maps Brown’s interdisciplinary mind in movement, revealing the kinds of documentation that have emerged to encapsulate Brown’s elusive, improvisational approach to moving. Through a series of improvisations, Senter adapts a selection of Brown’s early works such as Glacial Decoy, Locus, and Group Primary Accumulation in an exploration of the body as an archive. Newly restored video and film excerpts from the Trisha Brown Archive will be unveiled. Together, they re-imagine the concept of a performance archive, in a space between documentation and embodiment.