Dancing for good

Woolley, Dawn ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6958-5658 and Watne, Davin (2020) Dancing for good. [Show/Exhibition]


Devised to coincide with the final month of the run up to the US Presidential Election, the exhibition comprises two pieces. The most noticeable: 2 Inflatable Air-dancers, 2020 , are located on the front lawn of the PS1 house and will be hard to miss. Air-dancers assume the form of the popular promotional tool for retail outlets, comically flapping around to draw the attention of passersby and beckon them towards the products or services that they promote. These Air-dancers are emblazoned with a national call to work together and turn the page on a difficult time. They flap pathetically, yet with hope, outside the gallery, creating a conflicting feeling of political possibility and potential absurdity. Exercise Your Rights is a two-channel video installation (22min) that will play on loop in the gallery window (accessible outside, during gallery hours, from the front porch of PS1). This work is a tongue-in-cheek exercise video demonstrating a series of exercises dutifully carried out over a Zoom call between the UK and the US, to “evoke a positive experience in electoral democracy.” The project was disseminated at Public Space One Iowa City, US between 2 October and 03 November 2020.

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