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.
16mm projection and dance performance
Now What curated by Microscope @ Rebel Studios 2013