For how we perceived a life (Take 3)

2012, 9:33 min, color, sound, HD video

For how we perceived a life (Take 3) debuted at the New Museum in 2012, emerging out of Wu Tsang’s “full body quotation” practice, a series of choreographed performances in which collaborators are fed pre-existing lines from an ear piece. In this edition, the performers begin huddled together in a mass, their dialogue echoing the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, as well as other audio pertaining to the ballroom dance scene. This video, initially presented as a looped film in exhibition, brings to mind questions of gender, gentrification, and proximity.

Performers: Desiree Burch, Cherrye Davis, Nicholas Gorham, Mikeah Jennings, Wu Tsang

Characters (In order of appearance): Octavia St. Laurent, (Paris Is Burning, 1990); Crystal LaBeija (The Queen, 1968); Unidentified Photographer (Paris Is Burning, 1990); Jennie Livingston (UCLA Film & Television Archives); Unidentified Kids (Paris Is Burning, 1990); Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza (Interview, June 2011)


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