in listening/in response (2010)

Time: The Present
Location: Here and Now
Duration: As long as it takes

The performance "in listening/in response" premiered as a live solo meditation responding to the "Secrets Under the Skin" installation at the Fundacion Ludwig de Cuba in December 2010. The second presentation of this piece came in the form of an interactive telematic performance from Arizona to Anchorage, Alaska. The third version of this piece is a short single channel video. The fourth version is unknown.

This protean performance piece by Marianne M. Kim is grounded in the intersection between memory, inspiration and viewership. In the spirit of "ceremony," the artist ebbs and flows in the liminal space between function and form -- between task-oriented moments and attending to a body publicly exposed and privately in crisis. The body is transformed by the "ritual" needs of the present. What are the artifacts of ceremony? What is the body's role? What remains in memory and form? What do we take away from the present moment?

Marianne was invited by Jill Flanders Crosby to contribute a performance element to Secrets Under the Skin after numerous residencies in the dance program at UAA. Having no first-hand knowledge of Ghana or Cuba prior to the premiere of the installation, she offered a performance piece inspired by Dr. Crosby's writings and the work of the other contributors.