Water Mill, New York
On June 18 at 4:00 p.m. Sasha Petrenko—working with Miriam Dym and WWAWUT—will present Pieces-of-you-topia (Watermill variation) an excerpt of a larger exhibition project scheduled to open in San Francisco, August, 2011. Pieces-of-you-topia explores channels toward a more egalitarian position among humankind and our material objects. About a new kind of materialism, the performance at Watermill will consist of patterns of movement and sound derived from production processes, along with an improvisational piece created at Watermill, Instructions for Movement with Furniture. Between scenes Sasha Petrenko will discuss specific objects in the Watermill’s collection, exploring and considering their provenance, materials and construction processes, to create connections between objects and audience. The performance will feature collaborations with dancers from New York City
"In a materialistic culture there is a gap between process and material. The relationship between the producer and the consumer is veiled. Material objects are fetishized as exchange-value is emphasized over use-value and the market fills the gap with new desires and identities, provided by the shiny new "things in our hands..." Process brings us closer to materials. Materials instructs us through process to engage with our physical world and, in turn, reconnect with ourselves as we are one and the same."
- WWAWUT, San Francisco, 2011
"....there is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself."
- Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of perception, 1945.
"Our things in our hands must be equals, comrades… !"
- Alexander Rodchenko, Paris, 1925.