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Polyrhythms Performance by Ruth Burke

Friday, February 11, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Performance by Ruth Burke (assistant professor, video, Wonsook Kim School of Art)
Polyrhythms (2020-2022)
Two-hour sound performance
Notes from the artist:

“Through walking, our rhythms influence the tangible and immaterial qualities of a space. Bodies respond to an environment—it’s architecture or geography, the living creatures—and over time our movement adds to the chorus of a space’s distinct pulse. The act of walking is both exaggerated and flattened by the circle. Through its form, the circle invites us to commune with the cyclic nature of existence through meditative contemplation, relieved of linear structure. When the circle is a specified track without end it allows for improvisation within repetition, opening possibilities of synchronicity, response, refusal, and a distorted perception of time.

The circle is also a training tool in working with livestock. With horses, it is a track on which two bodies navigate space as they communicate through minute shifts of weight, pressure, movement, and release. The circle is the site of these constantly shifting relationships between humans and the domesticated equine.

In the second iteration of this durational walking performance, artist Ruth Burke and her equine collaborator, Fuerst Rendition generate an interspecies polyrhythmic choreography and corresponding sound work.

Please note this performance and listening event will be held in a large unheated indoor riding arena. The audience should dress in warm clothing. The artist kindly asks that all phone notifications are silenced before entering the barn. Masks are required and social distancing encouraged. Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center is a professional boarding facility for horses. Please be conscientious of your presence amidst these large animals.”

The audio recording from this performance will be included in the 2022 Faculty Biennial at University Galleries.


Friday, February 11
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center
236 Macallen Lake Rd
Carlock, IL 61725 United States
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