6 x 9 Performance Documentation - photograph By Samm Cohen
Death Box Theory is an interdisciplinary, movement-based performance project. We have shown iterations of this work at Smith & Jones Art Projects in October 2014 and June 2015, and in August 2015 at chashama 461 Gallery. Death Box Theory observes a correlation between the structure of cubes and the waning of life force. It investigates the properties of enclosed spaces and their effect on both individuals and culture. Objects such as microwaves, refrigerators, storage units, and coffins can be investigated as Death Boxes. Created with the intention of sustaining, preserving or improving some element of contemporary life, the attempt is inherently futile due to the device’s rigid and stagnant nature. By juxtaposing the body with the Death Box using movement, our performers seek alternatives to the constraints of these devices by attuning to the body. This work is a duet choreographed and performed by Julie Goldberg and Emily Smith, with costumes and set design by Joseph A.W. Quintela.