The video installations and photographic works of Sharon Lockhart (b. 1964, Norwood, USA) pay particular attention to human action, and its modes of representation be it social or in solitude. From artistic work to choreography, she highlights the complexity and poetic depth of a simple movement. Among Lockhart’s many inquiries into this subject, reflection on the work of Israeli researcher, theorist, and choreographer Noa Eshkol (b. 1895; d. 1969) has an exceptional place in the artist’s last decade of production. Eshkol is known for her pioneering efforts to transcribe human movements into a writing system capable of registering almost all body movement modalities. In the installation Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation (2011), one of Eshkol’s most accomplished students conducts a series of exercises from this system based on strict composition patterns, and raises the possibility of articulating messages through body language as if space were a textual medium. The performer’s concentration and her awareness of each movement give the performance a serenity and power on par with one another. The silence of the film further intensifies the purity of the gestures, the scores of which adopt three-dimensional geometric forms in Lockhart’s photographs. This installation is the result of a special collaboration with the Thyssen Bornemisza Art 21 (TBA21) and of The Wellbeing Project.
Curated by: Manuel Cirauqui
Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman
Movement Notation, 2011
Single-channel video installation (color, silent), projection wall
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection
Still: Courtesy the artist | Noah Eshkol |
Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin