Continuing onward from recent collaborations, The Rehearsal of Adam Linder and Factor Green, Nashat and Linder will utilize their residency time at The Watermill Centre to extend the dialogue between their two artistic disciplines. This collaboration is particularly interesting because it isn't so much as the fusing of two forms to create a multimedia project but rather two artists merging their two different perspectives on equivalent conceptual concerns. The themes that have been at stake within their individual practices have now found a construct for a more rigorous discourse within their collaboration: the displacement of hierarchy between bodies and objects, the interplay of performativity between the observer and the observed, the translation of meaning through the substitution of one medium for another and the interrogation of the inherent role of seduction within the aforementioned dialectics.
At Watermill, Nashat and Linder will work on the creation of a performance installation that extends these themes into a complex matrix. Sculptures, performance props, body images, movement, spatial divisions, video, sound and the role of the audience will be engaged in a whole encompassing structure in which the nature and relevance of any single element is interchangeably being seduced, interrogated or authenticated by the relations between all the elements. The existence of any singular element will neither dominate nor be self sufficient enough to exist alone. This volatile constellation of mediums and representations will invoke the audience to question their preconceptions of how artistic meaning is derived, who is in control of the dissemination of this meaning and where the presence of power lies between what is being viewed and who is viewing it.
Shahryar Nashat is a Swiss artist based in Berlin. His works include videos, photographs, sculpture