Title: Whose Is A Place
Artist: The Moving Company
Materials: Found objects, resin, bodies, ambient sounds, Elmhurst Sculpture Garden
Description: Site-specific, durational performance approx. 45 min.
Whose is a place. Whose is a place? Is it defined by those who use it, those who create it, or those who claim it? These questions have emerged over the past six-months in direct response to The Moving Company's interaction with the Elmhurst Sculpture Garden. We have witnessed the transformation of the landscape according to the seasons and passage of time, a place disregarded and littered with trash into a place of respite and reflection, a non-site with uncertain boundaries defined by transience into a site defined and treated as a sculpture garden, attended to with care and devotion. We have questioned our association with the place - are we intruders, discoverers, revealers, owners, members? The movements, objects, and interactions generated from our extended relationship with the garden are made manifest in this durational piece which continues to ask these questions - bearing no answers yet furthering our connection to this place and each other
The Moving Company is a performance art collective that strives to develop an inter-media genre of performance originating from and expanding the definitions of dance and sculpture: non-dance dance, performance art that can be read in sculptural terms, and sculptures that talk back to post-modern dance. In 2019, The Moving Company is using the term "responsive" to inform its creative process. "Responsive" will be invoked in relation to space, place, community, objects, individual practices, and each other, in developing our performance for Elmhurst Sculpture Garden.