BODY/BUILDING

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Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall

Runs from June 3, 2016 to July 9, 2016

Opening reception Friday June 3, at 8:00 PM

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Body / Building

Speed’s interests lie in the relationship between people and buildings and her work explores the body and its relationship to architecture. The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of her work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space. 

The word inhabitant contains the root habit (dress) and implies a habitat (dwelling) and Speed's work often has this double function of being both shelter and clothing. The shelters act as an expression of the layers that we surround ourselves with; skin, clothing and walls.

In BODY/BUILDING, ‘Groviglio (Tangle)’ is a two-channel film that considers the city (in this case, Rome) as a kind of palimpsest and the layers of activity from millions of inhabitants that have been erased, rewritten, replaced and overbuilt. A series of photographs and a short looped film comprise ’Sketches for Build-Up’, the results of many hours Speed has spent working with acrobalancers exploring the body as a kind of building material. 'Brick Parade' is a playful performance, where two brick walls will divide, contain and disrupt visitors to the exhibition. Following the opening, these costumes will be available for visitors to wear.