A discussion with Lia Gangitano, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Sarah Schulman, and Julie Tolentino explores how the elements and processes of “The Sky Remains the Same” have been defined to date and invites Tolentino’s future archiving subjects to speculate on how they might like to define the terms for their eventual engagement with the project. The long-term future of the project will also be considered as it relates to the disintegration of bodies as authoring subjects and bodies as impermanent archives, while also placing Tolentino’s work in a larger context of archives relating to performance and records of bodies in action. A discussion of the archiving of works by Lovett/Codagnone will be accompanied by a premiere screening of The Sky Remains the Same: The Archive of Lovett/Codagnone’s “Closer” (1999-2005) and/or “For You” (2003), a work on video that proposes the camera as a catalyst and intermediary for archiving performance by multiple bodies into/onto the body of one person.
Presented in conjunction with Performa 13. Programmed in conjunction with “Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of works that engage archive as medium, on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6, 2013–January 12, 2014.