TWELVE: a series of performative koans

TWELVE was developed during a residency in 2017, sponsored by UIC/Bodies of Work, 3Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A second edition of the twelve performances were adapted in 2019 and presented at the No Limits Festival in Berlin. The photos below were taken in Berlin, and the video documentation lists the location of each performance. 

Based in Zen Buddhism, “koans” are paradoxical riddles that provoke inquiry and engage the power of intuition. By demonstrating the limits of logic, a koan leads to discovery, healing, and, it is said, enlightenment.

The Twelve performative acts are:

  • Poems to be seen
  • Semblance
  • Edge Sharp/mine d
  • Seeking asylum
  • Seen
  • Welcome Mat
  • Prints
  • What I Learned About Healing
  • One Hour
  • Monu Mental
  • Is : si¬† ng
  • On Translation – An accompanying publication¬†

Edge/ Sharp Mined - Steppenwolf Theater - Chicago

Seen - Poetry Foundation - Chicago

is: si ng - Victory Gardens - Chicago - a collaboration with Christophe Preissing

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