Where are you going, where have you been?


“Where are you going, where have you been?”
Intimate, site-specific, one-on-one performance
Presented at the 2nd Biennial Performance Philosophy Conference, “What Can Performance Philosophy Do?”
SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Chicago IL
April 11, 2015

Taking its cue from Ranciere’s notion of the distribution of the sensible, this performance introduces ruptures into the fabric of the everyday. Through a series of instructions, queries, and choices, your path unfolds. You are guided by the sound of a voice, and everything is suddenly quite strange – where are you going, where have you been?

I greeted participants at 77 E. Adams St., outside Russian Tea Time, near SAIC.  From this starting point, participants were invited to go on a walk alone, guided by the following audio track accessed on a smartphone:

The audio track collages my writing with excerpts from Bordowitz’s Volition, Calvino’s Invisible Cites, Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms, and Ranciere’s The Politics of Aesthetics. Also featuring Santigold’s “Lights Out” and The Nerves’ “Hanging on the Telephone.”

This performance was part of Madison Performance Philosophy Collective‘s collaborative project “Conditions that make possible: Relational Aesthetics and Psychogeography” presented at the 2nd Biennial Performance Philosophy Conference, “What Can Performance Philosophy Do?” Engaging tactics of relational aesthetics and psychogeography, the project involved a collage of aesthetic moments within an assemblage of mini-experiences offered by six performers: Thomas Armbrecht, K. Frances Lieder, Tomislav Longinović, Dijana Mitrović, Mark Nelson, and Katrina Schaag. MPPC’s collaborative performance experimented with defamiliarizing participants’ experience of moving within urban terrain, taking participants out of their habitual state of mind and their automated relationship to the urban space – crosswalks, train stations, sidewalks, cafes – to open space for attention to affective and relational ties among bodies and spaces.