Steady Pulse: Make Your Mark - Sign the Floor
A community-building event on August 26 inviting visitors to mark the dance floor as a site of memorial. This program builds off of the example of the Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California, where names of dancers and actors who died of AIDS are marked on the floor in the space.
From July 13- September 1, artist Brendan Fernandes will transform Recess into a club that plays host to a diverse range of happenings and interventions, including performances, movement workshops, conversations, and dance parties. Fernandes, through this artist project and Recess Session titled Steady Pulse, will investigate the valences of the dance floor as a queer space that is variously safe and unsafe—a site for joy and fear, release and reflection. At the center of the club will be an architectural and sculptural dance floor, which will shift appearance and function as it acts as a platform for the varied events.
The project’s key component of the dance floor carries resonance as both a socio-political site of laboring bodies in performance and a site of potential for the expression of queerness. With respect to the latter, Steady Pulse points toward moments of historical significance including the Orlando Massacre at Pulse nightclub and instances of communities activating a dance floor as a site of memorial. By drawing out connections to these references and creating its own associations through programming, the Steady Pulse dance floor will create opportunities to reflect on the political act of claiming a space for sanctuary and resistance.