Performance by Zane Saunders
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Curated by Jovana Stokic
Location One is proud to present Time Walk, a new work by artist in residence at Location One, Zane Saunders.
The indigenous Australian artist performs in a set designed from his sculptures. Part ritual, part dance, part battle preparation.
Time Walk is a performance that examines the cross-cultural practice connecting the
artist to his heritage. The artist paints his face and body while he engages with different objects
of his own making in a ritualistic fashion. The artist's actions occur in five distinctive environments
within the performance space. One of these stages take the artist outside of the gallery. Zane
challenges the conventional notion of story-telling: his story is told in a non-verbal manner but
the story is undoubtedly there. It is the oldest story about man vs. nature, about survival and
wisdom one gets while living in harmony with one's surroundings. Ritualistic movements are
accompanied by electronic music, which point to another cross-cultural reference. It situates the
work in the context of contemporary performance art between ritual and technology. These are some of
the issues that are not told, but expressed in a way one has to respond instinctively. Zane
explains: “Performance is a vehicle for the spirit to connect to audience”. Modern devices/costume
are utilized to convey the message, with an emphasis on the absurdity of contemporary ‘western’
Zane Saunders is an artist from Cairns, Nothern Queensland, Australia. He is both visual and
performance artist. His residency is sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts and Location
One. Zane's relatively recent performance work has provided him with a unique medium to take his
prolific visual practice ‘off the wall’, and into space shared with the audience. Over the past
three years, Zane has developed a distinctive approach to contemporary dance/performance, drawing
from his indigenous cultural heritage, and from his many experiences of contemporary society.
ABOUT LOCATION ONE
Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.