Upcoming Documentation from Praxis Performance

I am in the process of finishing the edit to my performance at the Little Berlin Annex in Philadelphia. The piece is titled Rilke’s Widening Circles.

Over the course of 30 minutes I drew 28 circles with black sand. Projected on the wall was a video that slowly revealed Rilke’s poem:

Widening Circles
translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?

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These are screenshots from the video documentation. Unfortunately, due to a corrupt memory card, these is the only angle I have of the performance. Also the setup was rushed so the ISO setting is not the greatest on the camera. Hopefully my next render will be a more workable image.

Special thanks to Wes Simon, Wayne Kleppe and Janette Chien