The Long and Short of It 

2018

in collaboration with Marcel Zaes 

The Long and Short of It is a sound and performance installation. In a sparse landscape of microphones and amplifiers, bodies find, occupy, and are displaced from land. Each body must act within a set of rules, while also confronting residues of previously occupied lands. In this unrelenting cycle, bodies wither as they try to keep time. Audiences are invited to enter, move around, exit, and re-enter whenever they like.

An immersive soundscape of heavy, delicate, distorted, and sustained noise marks the setting. Dissipating time is amplified by recurring pulses. Never quite on stable ground, each body is absorbed into sequences of displacement and return. Intimacy emerges from these stark conditions. It remains unclear whether this is a map or the landscape itself.

Choreography and Sound: Poorna Swami and Marcel Zaes
Performance: Ronita Mookerji, Dayita Nereyeth, Purnendra Meshram, Prashant More, Priyabrat Panigrahi
Lighting Design: Sujay Saple
Production Management: Samrat Chandanshive

Initially supported by a Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi Studio Residency.