On False Tears and Outsourcing

From April 27th to June 19th, José and 6 other dancers perform in Cally Spooner’ s first solo exhibition in the US, On False Tears and Outsourcing, at the New Museum in the heart of the Lower East Side, NYC.

“Trained by rugby players and a movie director, and following the logic of a “stand­up scrum”—a daily meeting often used in collaborative, responsive practices such as software development—the dancers will learn a set of techniques taken from contact sports, management strategies, and on­screen romance. Through attempts to seduce, defend, and self­organize, the group will devise a sequence of movements in response to simple tasks set by Spooner. The long glass wall that separates the Lobby Gallery from the New Museum Lobby will be a central feature of the installation. Using the gallery’s condition of high visibility, Spooner will consider the characteristics of corporate and museum architectures by amplifying and exaggerating certain qualities in the space through the use of soft acoustic panels, daylight bulbs, and background noise. Through this intersection of bodies and architectures of management, Spooner will examine how power presents itself when it comes into contact with the human body.”