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Simone Forti's See-Saw

2015
Commissioned by
Moderna Museet Malmö / Stockholm

Performed by Christine Brorsson
Khamlane Halsackda
Jonna Tideman
Directed by Luca Frei
Moderna Museet Stockholm, 2016

Performed by Charlie Ashwell
Antonio de la Fe
Megan Saunders
Directed by Luca Frei
Hollybush Gardens, London, 2017
Photo: Anne Tetzlaff

  “The whole structure of plank and performers rests on one point. Any change in the arrangement of body parts, the slightest change of position by either performer, affects the balance of the entire setup.”  — Simone Forti  The use of plywood props, as in “See-Saw,” can be seen as an attempt to renegotiate the traditional horizontal stage and its relationship to the body, challenging the very “preconceptions about what constitutes dance, movement, and composition.”(1)  One of my first questions was how to consider the plywood prop for  See-Saw  and its relationship to the exhibition space and the other artworks in the exhibition, or how to make it speak when not in use?  1. Virginia B. Spivey, “The Minimal Presence of Simone Forti” in  Women’s Art Journal , Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2009) p. 7   Link to preview  Password: Simone Forti Malmö

“The whole structure of plank and performers rests on one point. Any change in the arrangement of body parts, the slightest change of position by either performer, affects the balance of the entire setup.” — Simone Forti

The use of plywood props, as in “See-Saw,” can be seen as an attempt to renegotiate the traditional horizontal stage and its relationship to the body, challenging the very “preconceptions about what constitutes dance, movement, and composition.”(1)

One of my first questions was how to consider the plywood prop for See-Saw and its relationship to the exhibition space and the other artworks in the exhibition, or how to make it speak when not in use?

1. Virginia B. Spivey, “The Minimal Presence of Simone Forti” in Women’s Art Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2009) p. 7

Link to preview
Password: Simone Forti Malmö

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