Middlebury College Museum of Art
“Axis of the World” is the transcultural concept of a liminal realm between lower and upper domains, such as between the terrestrial and the celestial, or the telluric and infernal. It is an interstitial space of polar tensions. Historically, this concept has been investigated in many forms including diagram, painting, geology, and architecture.
In this performance installation, a unique axis “diagram” emerges in the form of a temporal sculpture. Through simple, deliberate movements, two performers enact a wordless drama of its own polarities, including birth and death, masculine and feminine, finite and infinite. The performance is an endless loop, without beginning or end, and the performers seamlessly interchange roles.
Concept, Director, Sound: Jonathan Vandenberg
Performers: Miguel Castillo, Lorena Neira
Costumes: Sofia Donavan-Lafuente