With her multimedia performance “After All These Years” Ainsley Tharp aims to reclaim the agency of movement within porn, the voyeurism of sexuality.
The piece was performed during the opening of the Beholder exhibition, Monday, October 23, 6-9pm.
Tuesday, October 24 2017, 4-5:30pm, Ainsley Tharp and Pedro Ferreira, “After All These Years/Erosion”, video/Super8-assisted dance performance cooperation
Thursday, October 26 2017, Ainsley Tharp and Pedro Ferreira, “After All These Years/Erosion”, video/Super8-assisted dance performance cooperation
Saturday, October 28 2017, 4:30-5:30pm, Ainsley E. Tharp & Pedro Ferreira, “After All These Years” video/Super8-assisted dance performance cooperation
Sunday, October 29, 6-7pm, Ainsley Tharp, “After All These Years”, video assisted performance
“After All These Years” is a durational piece that consists of a looped film of hypersexualized movement in the mediated culture, accompanied by an improvisational dance score. The mapped projection consist of porn clips selectively picked from the seventies soft core porn era, sexualized commercial such as the Fanta girls, found footage, sex scenes from films, and personal footage of the sexualized body. Tharp mimicks movement in the film, spontaneously taking the movement and de-sexualizing it within her own body’s movement, semi-nude. Throughout the evening the movement accumulates and becomes a dance that appears to be just movement through the medium of a young female’s nude body. The nude body then takes on the agency for the moment to exist.
Tharp is curious about how she could reclaim ownership of the movement found in porn. How can the form and figure be distilled, de-sexualized, viewed as stoic if you will. By stripping porn of the eroticism within the performance, the movement becomes vulnerable, raw, and human. Tharp intends for the audience to question the sexualization of the moving body; to question the animalistic nature of human sexuality and the human body in general.