The Books of Waiting. Book Three: What was at the Mountain?

selected performative actions Québec, Canada, 2010-2012

The Books of Waiting. Book Three: What was at the Mountain?

The Books of Waiting began with performative actions that were video recorded in 2010 through 2012. Eventually, a narrative developed from the embodiment of memories as the project evolved. I organized the material in chapters with my own texts interspersed with my mother's letters to me, which I found after her sudden death in 1999.

The performativities in the videos engaged with the mimetic imagination as visceral memories. These were performed in non-controlled spaces and isolated areas of Canada and the US between 2010-2012. The work aims to express the impact—from deep within the body—of state violence intangible dimensions.

These actions took place in the Laurentian region of Québec, Canada. The performativities in Book Three are prompted by my own impressions on the ambush story I was told by my mother when I was four years old. I propose that these works are studies on the mimetic imagination—as in the sense of an activity that viscerally engages the body and the senses—to access, navigate and translate memories that elude language.

The Ambush | La Emboscada

Canada, Québec 2011, 00:59Performative action: Livia Daza-ParisCamera: Livia Daza-Paris, Philip WarrickEditor: Hani Moustafa

The Thing in the Forest

Canada, Québec 2012, 03:27Performative action: Livia Daza-Paris Camera: Livia Daza-Paris, Philip WarrickEditor: Sebastián Reyes

Sobre los pasos de Antígona | On Antigone Steps

Canada, Québec 2012, 02:48Performative action, voice over, text: Livia Daza-ParisCamera: Phil WarrickEditor: Michael Poetschko