Sandrine Schaefer | Pace Investigations No. 9 (2018)
Media: site-specific performance art
Location: Belfast, NI
In Pace Investigations No. 9, the same performance repeated 10 times consecutively from
sunrise to sunset. Created in Belfast in May, sunrise began at 5:37am and sunset ended at
9:04 pm. Over this continuous 15 hour and 27 minutes, the performance duration was cut in
half each time it repeated. What began as a 7 hour and 44-minute performance
incrementally lost time to become a 1-minute performance over the day. As the
performance adapted to this time constraint and shifts in the environment, the actions of the
performance had to change. Some became unrecognizable from previous cycles. Some
sped up while others slowed down. Some merged to become a different action all together.
Some actions were abandoned, while others increasingly gained significance. Regardless of
how the performance adapted, tensions between mechanical, cyclical, and felt time shared
in a site of historic trauma was palpable.
Guerilla street performance supported by BBeyond Artist Group as part of Transactions I Mobius/Bbeyond Artist exchange
video captured by Sinead O'Donnell