EXPO CHICAGO | IN/SITU | Curated by Diana Nawi — Pérez Art Museum Miami

Recursive Demarcation, 2016
Blackout theater textile, steel, aluminum, dancers, Bluetooth headphone, iPhones
6 x 2.2 x 4.3 meters

Recursive Demarcation is a performative installation that examines vision, power structures in public space, and means of occupation. The two mediums—sculpture and performance—offer different approaches to these ideas: the geometric sculpture employs flexible, soft industrial materials, suspended to create a linear drawing in space as temporary architecture whereas the performers, clad in hard aluminum costumes designed after the opening sequence of the film Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (1966, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? by William Klein) offer a dynamic response to the space. The 12 dancers activate the work once daily; they move to music that only they can hear on a Bluetooth earpiece, each listening and responding to different types of music. Their movement will be a manifestation of their own energies in conversation with the sound they hear, and the formal qualities of the sculpture, its shapes, architectural references, and lines. Jakobsen’s project at once embraces and disrupts the autonomy of the sculptural form, suggesting its contingent nature—another form of architecture to be inhabited and through which or against we shape our movement.

Text by Diana Nawi