Where is the origin of self? In this day and age, the private is public, the public affects the private. Ephemeral boundaries merely decay further into ambiguity. How then can an individual exist? Through this four hour durational exploration into gesture, Melisa Dougherty, whom also performs under the name Em Dee, offers the body and mind as tools in the search for self. Preceding the performance itself, Melisa curated the site of the basement to further embody the spaces of life without physical boundaries; the subconscious, the ether that which exists beyond and without space. It is thus in this immersive non-place where Melisa uses the traditions and aesthetics of Butoh as well as wabi sabi, to attempt to find, produce, or negate self. The result shall only reveal itself through the performance.
Sensory Environment made in Collaboration:
Sight: Melisa Dougherty (Performance and staging), Alexandra French (Makeup Artist)
Sound: Terminal A
Smell: Melisa Dougherty (Special Thanks to The Institute of Art and Olfaction)
Photography by Cameron Dunbar of r3dGlasses ltd.