Phase II of Drafts, It Works Like This, is based on nine images from the Reanimation Library's archive selected by artist Erica Baum. Beginning with an image from Phase I graphing saccadic eye movements, this second set unfolds in a kinetic sequence, tracing lines of sight and connecting subjects and objects of perception. The program will include performances by Lauren Bakst, Shonni Enelow, and Steven Zultanksi.
Lauren Bakst will choreograph and perform a dance solo in which the imagined self, the self produced by images, and the embodied self exist alongside each other. Drawing influences from pop culture, dance improvisation, and feminist theory, she will probe tensions produced in the space between fantasy, nostalgia, and materiality. Watch Performance
Shonni Enelow will present a performance lecture called "Lee Loy and the Sight Scene: A woman without irritation," an investigation into the allegorical optics of Surrealist performer and photographer Lee Miller and Modernist poet and painter Mina Loy. "Among any given crowd of spectators, there is another woman decaying" (“Lee Loy”). Watch Performance
Steven Zultanski will read from Agony, the first in a trilogy of long confessional poems which parses the author's life and body, telescopically, using mathematical, psychological, and legal discourses. Memories, anecdotes, fantasies, and hypotheticals are filtered through convoluted logical progressions, so that they seem both totally fictionalized and totally personal. Listen to Reading
Activating The Drawing Center's newly inaugurated Lab gallery as a site for innovative, impromptu, and experimental considerations of drawing, Drafts, a series of curated public programs organized by Kaegan Sparks, encourages speculative tangents from images in a variety of creative practices. A draft—as a preliminary sketch, an embryonic form subject to revision, a current of moving air—provides a model for the series, promoting conjecture, digression, and dérive through overlapping curatorial and creative functions.
Each program will derive from images in the archive of the Reanimation Library, an initiative based in Brooklyn dedicated to salvaging and stewarding obsolete or ‘pedestrian’ books that have fallen out of circulation, with an emphasis on remarkable visual content.
Drawing on the collaborative energy and associative thinking of the Surrealist exercise cadavre exquis, the programs of Drafts will unfold in a participant-driven evolution. An initial series of nine images culled from the library’s books will mutate over the course of the series, as multiple curators and artists take turns at revision, extracting an image from the preceding set and re-contextualizing it among other images. Each resulting set will form the basis for a program, in which assorted artists, writers, and other cultural producers will respond.
Various voices are thus gradually incorporated into a capricious and collaborative line of thinking: working in contingent succession, every contributor builds and strays from the mark of the last.