Laying Down/ Rising, 2014

Laying Down/ Rising explores processes of mourning, loss, transition and exchange. Using sculptures that incorporate fish skin, rubber, salt, egg yolk and wax, a sequence of ritual actions is performed. Taking on integral structural roles within the unfolding sequences of action, specific objects are subject to symbolic processes of transition in which distinctions between inert and organic, subject and object are unsettled. The work explores imaginative slippages in which objects and bodies meld and hybrid forms emerge and dissolve.

The performance has four phases that are enacted over the course of several hours. Each phase begins with a sequence of action lasting 5-10 minutes.

Performers: Ayesha Tansey, Julie Bower, Miriam Austin