A 24-hour endurance performance in Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park (Rosslyn, Virginia). The piece uses T.S. Eliot’s 4 Quartets as a guide while exploring Holt’s design for this public park.
Borrowing its title from the text of the first of T.S. Eliot's 4 Quartets, this 24-hour endurance performance draws on what the artist has learned while studying Nancy Holt's design for Dark Star Park. McCracken reads Dark Star Park as an observatory, built to reflect on human perception of both terrestrial and celestial landscapes, the passage of time, and the act of observation itself. Her performance uses the park as a platform for cycles of activity that mark the movement of time while highlighting the act of observation. She attempts to locate rhythm in a continuum that includes movement through the body, the park, the city, and the larger universe.
"the still point was performed in Dark Star Park (Rosslyn, VA) from 5 pm on June 7 through 5 pm on June 8, 2013. The project was commissioned by the SuperNOVA international performance art festival, supported by the Rosslyn BID.
"the still point" was written, directed, and performed by J.J. McCracken
with Sy.Newt McCracken, Elle Brande, and Sean Lundgren
Producers: Margaret Boozer/Red Dirt Studio and J.J. McCracken
Funding Manager: Pamela Strother
Videography & Editing: Marc Blackwood
Opening Photo: Mikhail Bezruchko