Sarah Mattes (A '15)

Back 4 Ground

All Day 

‘Back 4 Ground’ is a sequential performance of presentation and exchange. The piece will move through five sequences: City, Mimicry, Navigation, Description, and Talk. How does a map get drawn in space through repetition and navigation? How does this map look with its coordinates removed? How does one’s description of a thing affect another’s direct experience of that thing? Can structures on a grand scale be held and felt? How is memory altered by reenactment? Descriptive gestures, the pacing with which one engages space and an object, rituals of comfort and discomfort are under consideration in this piece. The performer will roam the park, sequencing through direct engagement and allowance, playfully empowered as background and accent to the park’s installation and expanse. 

Sarah Mattes is a multidisciplinary artist working with ideas of intimacy, exchange and memory through the investigation of common gestures and personal narrative. She received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2015 and has recently shown and performed work at Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York; 356 Mission, Los Angeles; Regina Rex, New York; Stene Projects, Stockholm; and Blackston, New York.