Rotten Metal Achievers, 2009
Rotten Metal Achievers
July 3, 2009 / 7pm-midnight
Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY
Performance by Holly Faurot & Sarah H. Paulson
in collaboration with Daniel Bainbridge
Music by: Joel Mellin and members of Naam (John Bundy & Ryan Hamilton)
Performers: Daniel Bainbridge, Dennis Faurot, Holly Faurot, Kaitie Fitzgerald, Molly Fitzgerald, Erin Lee Jones, Sarah H. Paulson, Gene Thomson
Video Appearance: Laura Barnard
Grace Exhibition Space presents Holly Faurot & Sarah H. Paulson's %Rotten Metal Achievers, a 5-hour performance of choreographed simultaneous happenings that document how one experiences a constant state of growth and decay. The longtime collaborative duo has joined forces with performance artist Daniel Bainbridge who will introduce the character of Monkey Mop Boy during a 1-hour interlude beginning at 9pm.
While Faurot & Paulson rotate on dirt-covered limestone slabs, Faurot's father, Dennis Faurot, enters and exits the space, while holding a photograph of Bainbridge's Monkey Mop Boy. Other performers, dancers and non-dancers, take cues from a video of a woman (Laura Barnard) carrying out movements at the edge of a pond. While standing waist-high in water, she instructs and teaches in the rain.
Together, the three artists cross and re-cross individual finish lines throughout Rotten Metal Achievers. They are champions while enduring their footing in piles of dirt. Tests of endurance, precision, and concentration are subtle roadblocks that exist throughout the piece.
Rotten Metal Achievers will feature music by Joel Mellin. Mellin, who has composed music for Faurot & Paulson's work since 2002, will present algorithmically generated and scored computer music with live steel and metal input and accompaniment. John Bundy& Ryan Hamilton, members of the band Naam, will perform a live drone set during the final hour (11pm-midnight).
Rotten Metal Achievers is part of Grace Exhibition Space's contribution to the 2009 Bushwick Biennial.