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Sandrine Schaefer | Torpor (Pace Investigations No. 5)


August 9, 2017

3:49am-6:20am & 9:14pm-11:43pm Mountain Time

(5:49am-8:20am EST) &  (11:14pm-1:43am EST)

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

107 Tunnel Mountain Dr

Banff, AB T1L1H5

Location: the pathway in front of the TransCanada Pipelines Pavilion on the Banff Centre campus. The piece can also be witnessed remotely through the Banff Centre webcam:

Torpor (Pace Investigations No.5) is a performance artwork developed by Mobius artist, Sandrine Schaefer on site at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity during the Banff Research in Culture program, themed The Year 2067. Unfolding during dawn and dusk, Torpor (Pace Investigations No.5) takes on a time structure inspired by cycles of dormancy in bears. The time structure mimics the shift in average heart rate bears experience as they enter and exit torpor. The actions and materials of the performance are site-specific and the duration of the performance is precisely staggered. The performance repeats 16 times during twilight hours on the same day. In each repetition, the performance duration is either increased or decreased by half. As this constriction and expansion of time occurs the performance must shift. Some actions that make up the performance speed up. Some slow down. Others merge to become different actions all together. Some are abandoned, while others gain significance. Regardless of how the performance adapts, the tension between mechanical, geological, and felt time is always palpable.