In the Project room, taisha paggett and Ashley Hunt will create a “black box,” a darkened installation that builds upon their recent “Par Course” projects. Working under the general research categories of movement, thought and politics, Hunt and paggett’s Par Course works consist of choreographic installations, offering scripts, prompts and reflections to a viewer in order to engage their sensory and political presence, often based upon themes, images and actions generated in workshops.
Ashley Hunt uses image, object and performance-based strategies to engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public speech. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. In addition to his ongoing collaboration with Taisha Paggett, Ashley’s works include the performance, Notes on the Emptying of a City, the multi-platform Communographat Project Row Houses, the collaborative 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, and hisCorrections Documentary Project, which addresses the politics of contemporary prison expansion in the US. Recent exhibitions and performances include the 2012 Biennial of the Hammer Museum, Sinopale 4 in Sinop, Turkey, and exhibitions and performances at the Museum of Modern Art, Beta Local in San Juan, and Woodbourne State Correctional Institute in upstate New York. Ashley lives in Los Angeles, where he co-directs the Program in Photography and Media at California Institute of the Arts.
taisha paggett makes things and is interested in what bodies do. She believes language is tricky, thoughts are powerful, and that people are most beautiful when looking up. Her work for the stage, gallery and public sphere include individual and collaborative investigations into questions of the body, agency, and the phenomenology of race, and has been presented nationally and abroad, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, Danspace at St Mark’s Church (New York), Defibrillator (Chicago), The Off Center (San Francisco), Public Fiction (Los Angeles), BAK Basis Voor Actuele Kunst (Utrecht, NL), and will also be included in the upcoming Whitney Biennial. As a dancer she’s had the honor of working extensively with David Roussève, Stanley Love Performance Group, Fiona Dolenga-Marcotty, Vic Marks, Cid Pearlman, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Baker-Tarpaga Projects, Rebecca Alson-Milkman, Kelly Nipper, Meg Wolfe, Ultra-red, and with Ashley Hunt in their ongoing collaborative project, “On movement, thought and politics.” She lives in Los Angeles and travels to Chicago where she teaches at the Dance Center of Columbia College. She holds an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and is co-instigator of the LA-based dance journal project, itch.