Miami 2015. At Art UNTITLED fair in Miami, artist Amanda Season Keeley presents Dance Construction, a performance in which the movement of the body can be designated as living architecture. The artist has created a geometric sculpture that corresponds to a specific range of body motions. The sculpture titled Double Arc will be activated daily by dancers of local schools. The project shows the links between the permanent stillness of architecture and ephemeral dynamism of dance.
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“I am fundamentally interested in the idea that dance turns space into time” Says Amanda Season Keeley to ArchiPanic. “With Dance Construction I wanted to examine the relationship between abstract compositions, the human body, and space in the field of architecture”.
The project continues Keeley’s exploration into the history of choreography and enhances the nature of architecture and dance in relationship with time and space. “Architecture is able to define space and has a permanent presence. Dance is an exploration of spatial structure as well but it is ephemeral and, once completed, it lingers only in the memory or imagination”.
The project was born after a deep research in the history of choreography and art movements including the Judson Dance Theater and the Bauhaus theater group. Amanda Keeley focused also on the work of Rudolf Laban, an important choreographer who believed that “Dance is living architecture” and designed an important notational system to analyse human movements.
Amanda Season Keeley teamed with Marissa Alma Nick, choreographer and director of Alma Dance Theater: “What was so unique about the Dance Construction project was the depth of research Amanda put into creating these sculptures. They weren’t random objects that needed to be activated by a dancer but they were made for the dancers’ body. In the end, they felt like a dancers playground”.
The artist is also founder of the non-profit organization EXILE Books that published the book Dance Instructions completing the exhibition on show at UNTITLED Art Fair. The publications is guide to provide step by step instructions on how to activate the exhibition’s sculptures with movement.
Amanda Season Keeley is a visual artist, curator, and writer based out of Miami and New York City. Her recent exhibitions include Fredric Snitzer Gallery, de la Cruz Collection, and Bas Fisher Invitational.