FOR THIRTY YEARS, NANCY WOULD SIT ON THE STREET CORNER AND WATCH THE SUNSET (Excerpt)

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"FOR 30 YEARS, NANCY WOULD SIT OUT ON THE STREET CORNER AND WATCH THE SUNSET is a meditative durational performance piece where a small group of teenagers replicate the practice established by a former neighbour of sitting out on this street corner and watching the sunset. In replicating the activity with a group of youth - staring at the beginning rather than the ending of their lives - there is the suggestion of a fundamental relationship between the practice of perennial astronomic observation and the cultivation and evolution of human culture. The propagation of the singular into the plural. It speaks of the cyclical rejuvenation of material regeneration, and the intimate entanglement of our being with – and within – the agency of nature itself. It pays homage to both Nancy with her daily sunset ritual; and to the perennial human tradition of using observations of the cosmos as a way to orientate ourselves with both physical and metaphysical space and time. Both personally and collectively." - SH

Commissioned by CIRCUIT and curated by Mercedes Vicente as part of Thick Cinema (2017), a series of artist cinema commissions exploring the role of the body and sensorial experience in cinematic intelligibility and meaning. Listen to the artist discussing the work on the CIRCUIT podcast.

 

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"Thanks to Antoni, Jada, Kate, Quintana and their parents, Mia Ferm and the The NW Film Center, Padraic O'Meara, Laurn Waude, and last but not least my former Neighbour Nancy. " - SH