In Body/Space, Sims adopts the form of a tableau vivant (a living image), creating a series of 26 performances that are unique to each of Co-Prosperity’s three windows. Body/Space focuses on conscious and subconscious labeling, neglection, and interpretation of black queerness in the contemporary art world and LGBTQ+ community. By introducing shifting scenic elements and costume design, he will explore vast eras of time, beginning in the 1920s and ultimately documenting the past 100 years of black queer liberation. Reckoning with the window pane as a photographic lens, Sims aims to highlight the power of resistance in stillness.
Stillness in performance can allow for a phenomenological experience in the spectator. In theater, speech and action are found to be the two key elements for understanding. Sims is more interested in the idea of a conscious and subconscious interpretation that is enhanced visually, without the presence of speech and action in this project. This will promote the examination of our own bodies, and question what things arise in them when we see a black body in space. This stillness introduces the dynamic of performative viewing, which stresses the audience’s role as viewers that are also viewed back.
Performing in the age of Covid-19 has raised huge issues within performance communities. To ensure everyone's safety, Sims's target audience is those who pass by the window. Like most durational work, it's about the observation.
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