RELEASE THE RIVER was a performance as part of Transpositions, an exchange between Verge gallery in Sydney, Australia and Concord in Los Angeles, February 2013. Using one of the pieces sent from Australia to map site-specific locations for the art, this performance took place in the L.A. river nearby Concord.
The textile piece Notes for Rooflines by Australian artist Cecilia White, was re-contextualized to become a representation of the L.A. River. In the performance, a reverse chronology of the river is performed: at first there is nothing, then a constricted version of the water is rolled out and ‘swam’ open to return to it’s full, natural state, of the material and the river. It is then returned to the water, some of the only remaining natural flow of the river.
Performance by Erin Schneider
Video by Arjuna Neuman