Lay of this Land (working title) is a solo performance derived from an improvisational practice which I began in 2010. In this practice, I attempt to choreograph and perform the transparency of performing.This is part of how it feels: I want to connect with you, to show you all of this; I want this to be worth it, and I want to enact my body on this space, enact my consciousness on my body. What if this is all I’ve got?
In that case, I want more. More bodies, more feeling, more dimensionality.
I am mapping experience from the inside, where mapping is the act of placing a system of thought and perception atop something that already has its own intricate series of relationships and organization. Transparency in this context aims to reveal the psychology of performance, to share, to ask what is it to be seen, and to recognize that you can’t hold onto anything, especially one understanding of experience.
Meg Foley is a Philadelphia-based artist. Current projects include The 3:15 Project, in which she spontaneously makes a dance, wherever she is, at 3:15pm daily. The current round of the project began in October 2012 and continues presently. She is a 2012 PEW Fellow in the Arts, and she teaches art theory and composition at University of the Arts.