Kelly Nipper, Floyd on the Floor (rehearsal), 2007. Courtesy of the artist and PERFORMA. Kelly Nipper
Floyd on the Floor, Nipper??™s first live performance, examines the movement of a hurricane in relation to technology and human emotion. Working with an enormous striped parachute, eight contemporary dancers will lay down the hurricane??™s pattern in movements determined by a square dance caller.
Working with basic movement principles in a variety of mediums, Nipper is principally known for her work in photography, which explores time, space, and shape in relation to the impending future of technology-based relationships. As author Gloria Sutton writes in Vitamin PH, ???Core to [Nipper??™s] projects is the formulation of a hypothesis about a structure or system of meaning. Using the studio as a lab, she often works with professional dancers to stage a series of exercises bearing on the system in question.???
About the Artist
Kelly Nipper (b. Edina, MN, 1971) is a multimedia artist who explores the dynamics between motion, space, body, and time in relation to communication and technology. Nipper??™s work draws on science, meteorology, and the experimental art, dance and theater practices of the 1940s through 1960s??”particularly those of Merce Cunningham, Allan Kaprow, and Rudolph Laban. Nipper??™s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
A PERFORMA Commission with The Savannah College of Art & Design
The PERFORMA Commissions program originates new performances by inviting artists??”many of whom have not worked ???live??™ before??”to create work especially for the PERFORMA biennial. Selected by PERFORMA Director RoseLee Goldberg, commissioned artists work closely with the PERFORMA production team from conceptualization to presentation, including international tours following the biennial.