SERAFINE1369

SERAFINE1369, I I I (something flat, something cosmic, something endless), 2021. Image by Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369. Photo: Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369. Photo: Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369, I I I (something flat, something cosmic, something endless), 2021. Image by Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369 (previously lastyearzinterestingnegroisdead) lives and works in London, UK. SERAFINE1369’s practice is always relational, moving across spaces, contexts, roles and collaborations. They work with dramatic compositions of sculpture, electronic music, overwhelm, syncopation, internal narratives, texture, trance states, the public and dance, to build atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning. The resultant choreographies engage with questions of entanglement, alienation and sensation. SERAFINE1369 is the moniker of Jamila Johnson-Small, 2019/20 Torchlight Artist at Siobhan Davies Dance, UK. Recent presentations include CA2M, Spain (2020); My Wild Flag, MDT, Sweden (2020); Queer Performance Camp, La Chapelle, Canada (2020); Silencio, France (2019); Transmediale, Germany (2019); Palais de Tokyo, France (2018); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, UK (2018).

Project Description

SERAFINE1369 presents durational performance I I I (something flat, something cosmic, something endless) (2021) at Bluecoat Garden on Sunday 20 March, 2–8pm.

A work made in a moment when all that was there was this body, its dreams and nightmares and cycles and needs, sensations and wanting. I went mining. I haunt this work. I is a collection of already historical circumstances, remembered and un-remembered. I is a crowd. I is a trick of the light.

A durational performance inducing a state of expansiveness and detachment from the pressure to create - or be formed by - meaning through conventional narrative arcs. Its duration witnesses / tracks the rhythmic cycles, the peaks and troughs of an endocrine system beyond the arc of climax. The work situates a research and obsession with the unit of ‘one minute’ - asking whether we can transform the stuff of time or whether it transforms us. Considering the invention of colonial time and agency, the ways we inhabit its units of fixed endless measurement, even as this Time slips out of relation to the celestial bodies that have long been its anchor and justification.

Working with live and recorded text written over the last year from dreams and heartache and reflection - a wasteland of feeling - I I I (something flat, something cosmic, something endless) is a wide and flat landscape as score for performance. A reading, a listening, a movement.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. 

Taking place as part of the Live Weekend. The performance is drop-in, with limited capacity.