The Books of Waiting. Book Three: What was at the Mountain?
Selected performative actions Québec, Canada 2010-2012
The actions took place in the Laurentian region of Québec, Canada. The performativities in Book Three were prompted by my impressions on the ambush story told by my mother when I was four years old.
From my performative practice I discovered that I approached the work from the mimetic imagination as a method: a mind-emotion activity that viscerally engages the body and the senses to access and make meaning of memories beyond cognitive language. The performativities engaged the mimetic imagination from visceral memories.
The Ambush | La emboscadaCanada, 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
On Antigone Steps | Sobre los pasos de Antígona Canada, Québec 2012 02:48Performative action, voice over, text: Livia Daza-ParisCamera: Phil WarrickEditor: Michael Poetschko
The Books of Waiting began from performative actions based on personal memories recorded between 2010 and 2012. A narrative developed from an embodiment exploration of such memories and organized in video-chapters, including my texts interspersed with letters from my mother, which I found after her sudden death in 1999.
The recordings took place in non-controlled spaces in Canada and the United States. The work expresses dimensions—from deep within the body—of state violence's intangible impacts.