PM/AM presents Labo(rat)ori, an evolving cross disciplinary collaboration bringing Michaela Zimmer’s painting installation together with performances devised by dancer and choreographer Miguel Altunaga. Together, supported by the innovative Rambert Dance Company the duo create a responsive dialogue which embraces their shared vision for the potential of engagement through movement.
Designating the studio as a site of private ritual, Michaela Zimmer is known for layered compositions on canvas coupling the traditions of painting and drawing with unconventional materials. Working across multiple compositions at once, freeform temporal acts of wrapping, layering, and draping are combined with deliberate acts of mark marking. Like the dancers integral to the Labo(rat)ori project, Zimmer exerts her physicality as a means of expression, producing work notable for its visceral presence and intuitive relationship to the body. Labo(rat)ori signals new possibilities for each collaborator’s practice, permitting extended perspectives on performance as a discipline and a form of connection.
The forthcoming performance at PM/AM, London, marks both a return to the work’s purest intentions, and a refinement of its visual and visceral impact. This latest iteration of Labo(rat)ori remains an evolving artwork, a bringing together of artists, performers and new audiences to feed into the potential of this uniquely performative piece.
For the first time, the collaboration introduces new choreography undertaken by both a single dancer and a pair. These performances will channel the direction of Altunaga and improvised movements in response to Zimmer’s environment of artworks, resulting in intuitive forms of exchange. Operating both within and beyond the traditions of the gallery space, Labo(rat)ori reimagines the passive viewer as an activator informing the artwork as its unfolds. This focus on experience as both transient and tangible designates Labo(rat)ori as a site for experimentation and cross-examination, embodying the creative act through the dynamism of live art.