Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Us Swerve (2014). Photo 1+ 2: Performance at Swiss Institute, New York, 2016. Courtesy: the artist. Photo: Daniel Pérez / Photo 3: Performance at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Atelier Diptik.
In Alex Baczyński-Jenkins’s Us Swerve (2014), performers on rollerblades orbit one another while reciting, remixing, and reformulating fragments of poetry that meditate on the subject of desire. This polyphonic choreographic “score” is perpetually altered by the performers’ movements, attitudes, and affects. As the performers circulate, they begin to channel a queer archive of verses and inflections, including lines from writers such as Essex Hemphill, Eileen Myles, and Langston Hughes. These articulations of desire and the sensuality of repetition both set the rollerbladers in motion and create a tableau for them to move through.
Originally developed in collaboration with and performed by
Zacharia Fletcher, Joseph Funnel, Imma Mess, Karl Fagerlund Brekke
Also performed by
Carlos Maria Romero and Jake Sherwood
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins Studio
Originally commissioned and produced by Liste – Art Fair Basel
2 to 3 hours
Liste – Art Fair Basel (2014); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Swiss Institute, New York (2016); Do-Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); Les Urbaines, Arsenic, Lausanne (2017); Serralves Museum, Porto (2018); 57th October Salon, Belgrade, (2018); ImPulsTanz, mumok, Vienna (2018); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, as part of Alex Baczyński-Jenkins solo exhibition Such Feeling (2019)