“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” — Jean-Luc Godard
ALEXANDMUSHI: Chair Conversations sample works.
What is Chair Conversations?
To know and understand someone requires listening and asking questions. ‘Chair Conversations’ is a non-verbal listening practice using the body. What are the boundaries that exist between us? How do we engage and explore the space between the self and the other?
The structure of this project is simple. A chair is placed in a public space. Each person takes a turn in leading while the other must sit in the chair, eyes closed without moving. The other person communicates by moving and manipulating the sitting person’s body. Once done the roles are switched and it is the next person’s turn. The project is placed in both public and private sites in which the environment also impacts the exploration of the conversation being held. ‘Chair Conversations’ is durational: 20-40 minutes.
This is a conversation around gender, generational gaps, projection, desire, tension, fantasy and the forbidden using the vehicle of the self and the other. Alex and Mushi each keep a journal entry that documents their personal and emotional experience during each performance. This is the second part of the project which they have not yet revealed to each other.
Chair Conversations has been performed at Minesota Street Project, Chinese Culture Center SF, Zonamaco Art Fair Mexico, and has been workshopped at CounterPulse SF for Kinetech Arts.
A chair is placed in public space.
Person 1 sits down with hair over face, eyes closed, allows themselves to be moved without resistance.
Person 2 is allowed to move Person 1’s body for 20 minutes.
Once done, roles are switched.
After each performance, Person 1 and Person 2 each write a page about what they think they heard and said via touch. This document has been kept secret even between Alex and Mushi.