JOAN | Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz: Moving Backwards

December 8, 2019 – February 16, 2020


JOAN is pleased to present Berlin-based duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz’s video installation, Moving Backwards, in its U.S. premiere following their participation in the 58th La Biennale di Venezia, 2019 Swiss Pavilion. The video installation will be accompanied a by live performance by Marbles Jumbo Radio during the opening and closing weekends of the exhibition.

Starting with the feeling of being pushed backwards by recent reactionary back-lashes, Moving Backwards explores resistance practices, combining post-modern choreography and urban dance with guerrilla techniques and elements of queer underground culture. A film installation with five performers from diverse dance backgrounds complicates the notion of backwards movements and their temporal and spatial meaning. Parts of the walks, solos and group dances are carried out backwards, others are digitally reversed, creating doubt and ambiguities for the installation on the whole. The uncanny experience of temporal and spatial insecurity is complemented by a moment of reflection on the planetary politics of Moving Backwards with letters written to the audience in a newspaper by a number of artists, choreographers, activists and scholars.