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The Mineralogy of Objects

The Mineralogy of Objects examines the power of objects and the body through the lens of Variétés de Minéralogie Object (1939), a shadow box by artist Joseph Cornell, translated into a collective, kinetic exercise.

“We are a unison machine, a string of beads, an energetic force rejecting our own objectification in the refusal to stay still.” – Laurie b
"The crystalline structure of the beads endows the surface of each with an electrical charge that attracts dirt.” - from the web
Read: the crystalline structure of the dance endows the surface with an electrical charge that attracts dirt
Read: the dance attracts dirt

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"constructed intricately, with a sophisticated interplay of independence and unison." - The New York Times

REMOUNTED!
As part of APAP 2016
January 14th-16th, 2016
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church

Created and Performed by: Laurie Berg, Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Jillian Sweeney, and Tanya
Sound: Karl Scholz
Lighting: Carol Mullins

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut Night @ The Whitney
as part of DANCENOISE: Don't Look Back
July 22nd, 2015
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St. NY, NY 10014
Co-Conspirators: Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Karl Scholz, Liliana Dirks-Goodman and The Big T

premiere: Danspace Project Spring Season
April 16th-18th, 2015
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church
131 East 10th St. NY, NY 10003
Collaborators: Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Jillian Sweeney
Sound: Karl Scholz
Lighting: Carol Mullins

Little Theater @ Dixon Place
-crystal necklace breakbeat-
December 8th, 2014
Dixon Place Theater
161 Chrystie St. NY, NY 10002
Collaborators: Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Jillian Sweeney
Sound: Karl Scholz

Funding Credits: The Creation of The Mineralogy of Objects was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2014-15 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the Jerome Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation's Late-Stage Production Stipend AND a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Additional support was received through a creative residency in South Haven, MI with generous donations of rehearsal and living space from Dianne and Steve Wagner, The Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and Foundry Hall.