The Books of Waiting. Book Two: Disappeared Prayers
Performative actions. Canada and USA 2011-2012
Upside Down World | Mundo al revésDetroit, US 2012HD video, sound 03:25Performative action, voice: Livia Daza-ParisCamera: Daniel MarchwinskiSound: Andrew TelichanEditor: Xi Feng
No Sounds Carried the Wind | Ningún sonido trajo el vientoOntario, Canada 2011HD video, sound 03:00Text, camera, performative action, voice: Livia Daza-ParisEditor: David MartinezSound engineering: Andrew Telichan
Disappeared Prayers | Rezos desaparecidosLake Ontario, Canada 2011HD video, sound 02:00Performative action: Livia Daza-ParisCamera, editor: David Martinez
These assembled 'Disappeared Prayers' make this Book Two. This artwork, The Books of Waiting, began from improvised performative actions based on visceral memories. They were video recorded as they happened without second takes, nor with any special lighting or props. A narrative developed from these embodiment explorations, and I organized them into video chapters, including my texts interspersed with the letters from my mother. I found those letters after her sudden death in 1999.
This work is committed to expressing —from deep within the body— dimensions of state violence's intangible impacts. It attempts to do so in the tradition of 'instant dance, improvisations and performance' I was immersed in NYC during the late 1980s. The performativities, video and sound recordings happened in non-controlled spaces (forests and abandoned areas) in Toronto ON, Laurentides QC, and Detroit MI.