Befixt, A 10 hour site-specific performative installation by ia
Cheer Up Charlies. Fusebox Festival. 2013
Bound in still pivots towards a chaotic self in flux, where can we find release and flexibility in states of rivet and constraint?
Befixt, the first installation of ia’s “Human’s Project”, is a site- specific, time based and performative installation navigating the terrain of a rhizomatic becoming. By engaging in the creation of a “rhizome”, we summon reorientation with regard to our relationship to spaces; queering structural patterns of growth, propagation, and connectivity. In utilizing an "image of thought” inspired by the botanical rhizome which ceaselessly apprehends multiplicities, how can we allow for ill-linear, non-hierarchical 'entry' and 'exit' points in representation and interpretation of the ways in which becoming never completes itself in a predicate? In witnessing relationships between rhizomatic thought and the human body, we invoke questioning with regard to what binds us and what we are bound to amidst transitional spaces.
As we explore the practice of ‘human’ as ‘installation’, we embrace the unlocatability of a becoming body whose validity lies in sensation based knowing, knowledge within itself and nothing else. Befixt is an experiment in performance as a living breathing betide, a reconfiguration of individual fixity and nomadic subjectivity through the rendering of ambiguous embodiment.
Befixt was created to exist in the space that is Cheer Up Charlie’s as a meditation, critique and inquiry on the complexities of site-specificity while highlighting perpetual encounters in casual ‘becomings’ (social and otherwise) particular to this environment. As an active investigation in traversing boundaries imposed within and outside of our selves, the installation performs as a site of both deconstruction and reconstruction of an identity formation which seeks no final destination…
Music credit: Surrender by Olof Arnalds feat. Bjork
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