Visiting Artist | February 15 - March 2, 2017
Trimming Macrame (working title)
Chris Schlichting comes to MANCC as a Visiting Artist for his first residency to work on his latest project, Trimming Macrame (working title), which is in the early stages of development. In this new work, Schlichting will build on his practice of creating intricate and evocative tapestries inspired by complex and layered cultural source material, and playfully merging notions of vernacular and classical forms. Most recently, his work has enlisted collaborators from disparate forms to explore how common language can emerge from generative processes that share time and space, and challenge conventional ideas of disciplinary boundaries. His research continues to focus on creating landscapes that consider the textures and charged histories that live inside sound, objects, movement, and architecture, to present juxtaposing ideas that challenge and support each other.
Trimming Macrame will be a meditation on gentle entry, from stillness to action, informed by a desire to provide a counterpoint to our current political context. Navigating his own white privilege, Schlichting is interested in a mindful creative process that finds ways to disrupt patterns of white supremacy and his own comfort and complacency to inform both his life and work. While his process usually begins by asserting movement language that develops from a kinesthetic impulse followed by reflection and rigorous review and repetition, this work will adhere to an increased responsibility to acknowledge the moment with a thoughtful response. With this work, he’ll weave cultural associations and vivid metaphors to create webs of dialogue between existing and serendipitous relationships.
During his residency, Chris will host a salon-style gathering of scholars from disparate fields from the university and Tallahassee community, opening dialogue on ideas behind the work and inviting new perspectives to inspire, shape and challenge his creative process. A public work-in-progress showing will be held on February 22nd at 10:30am in FSU’s Montgomery Hall as part of the School of Dance’s weekly Forum. Stay tuned for postings about additional events and opportunities.
Collaborators in Residence: Tristan Koepke, Laura Selle Virtucio, Maggie Zepp [dancers], Holly Bass [writer]