Alexander Calder began his career with his wire circus performances which prominently featured the figure in motion. He later moved into large abstract mobiles, for which he is well known. Very near to the end of his life, Calder was asked to paint a commercial jet for Braniff airlines. His response was, "It would be a flying mobile. I like that." Several designs were created and two full size intercontinental jets were painted. Only one flight ever actually occurred. Alexander Calder died in 1976.
Movement Posed Afresh is a trajectory of thought, moving through the history of Calder's art. In Andres Laracuente's performance a fourth step is taken on behalf of the deceased artist. Laracuente has created a sense of unfinished business. In Movement Posed Afresh the aerialist Kiebpoli Kalnek performs the corde lisse, a circus skill that involves acrobatics on a single vertically hanging rope, without a net. Her costume was made in relation to the colors known of Calder, and an ambient drone soundtrack of helicopters swooping far and near fills the voluminous space.
Here, the figure is re-introduced as a mobile sculpture incarnate, completing a circular trajectory. The new loop is a singular history in a 360 degree motion. The result is another state of thought in proximity to the airplane but more at home with the rotating blades of the helicopter.
"Pure change, real duration, is something spiritual or impregnated with spirituality. Intuition is the quality which reaches the spirit, duration, pure change... There is however a fundamental meaning: intuitive thinking is thinking in duration. Intelligence arises ordinarily from the immobile, and constructs the quality of movement as well as it may from juxtaposed immobilities. Intuition arises from movement, posits it or rather notices it as reality itself, and sees nothing in immobility but an abstract, instantaneous moment which our mind has singled out of mobility. Usually it is of things - that is to say of the stable - that intelligence is given, and change becomes an accident that is supplied afterwards. For the intuition change is the essential...There are changes, but there are not, beneath change, things that change: change has no need of support. There are movements, but there is not an inert, invariable object which moves: movement does not imply a mobile object."
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