Abigail Levine

Accompanying the mice

(Fat chance, Hermes)

*This performance has been postponed until further notice. 

Nauman told me that, soon after the cat's star turn, the animal disappeared, probably a victim of coyotes. After that, he had the mice exterminated. —Peter Schjeldahl, 2002.

I’ll run the perimeter of the gallery for 60 minutes, recording the sound of my steps. Every 10 minutes I pause, play back the recording of the previous 10 minutes, and begin the next recording. I mark each loop completed by dropping a stone at the entrance to the gallery. By the end of the hour, I will be accompanied by five sets of my steps and have collected 21 in recordings. These document not an act of endurance but the accumulation of absences.

And sometimes it seemed there was nothing behind him / but the echo of his own steps, the small wind / made by his cloak. And yet / he told himself: they were coming, once — “Orpheus, Euridice, Hermes” Rainer Maria Rilke

Abigail Levine is an artist working between New York and Los Angeles. Rooted in dance but moving across media—performance, text, drawing, sound—Levine focuses on the poetics of our body’s work. Her ongoing Restagings series, with presenting partner Fridman Gallery, has been supported by MacDowell Colony, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New Music USA, Bogliasco Foundation, and Center for Performance Research. She is also at work on Redactions, developed with Chocolate Factory Theater and Los Angeles Performance Practice. Levine recently collaborated with composer Alvin Lucier at ISSUE Project Room and has performed with both Marina Abramovic (2010) and Yvonne Rainer (2018) in their retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art.

Image credit: Jarrod Beck, Packing Action, 2013

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