Microscope gallery, 2013

White Orchid

Microscope gallery, 2013

A paracinematic performance piece in which 16mm footage of a still image of a fireball explosion is projected onto dancer Jessica Hester, whose attire and performance evoke the legendary turn-of-the-century dancer Loie Fuller, originator of the Serpentine Dance. The image flickers, strobes, lingers, or vanishes plunging dancer and audience into darkness. The defamiliarized body, dissolved in a whirlwind of flowing white silk, becomes a living screen. Motion—of performer and image alike—is hypnotically decomposed and reconstituted, alluding to various histories: philosophical toys like zoetrope, Muybridge, Lumiere, structural film’s reflexive investigations into the material and perceptual bases of cinema, Aby Warburg’s uncanny nymphs, and Donna Harraway’s cyborg feminism. 

~10min
16mm projection and dance performance

Selected performances:
Now What curated by Microscope @ Rebel Studios 2013