Visiting Artist | February 15 - March 2, 2017
Trimming Macrame (working title)
Chris Schlichting came to MANCC as a Visiting Artist for his first residency to begin work on his project, Trimming Macrame (working title). In this work, Schlichting is furthering his practice of weaving together ideas from complex and disparate cultural source material. His exploration looks at how common language can emerge from generative processes that share time and space, and challenge conventional ideas of disciplinary boundaries.
For Trimming Macrame, Schlichting began his work with gentle, small-scale studies of meditative entry from stillness to action, as a response to the political aftermath of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. From an interest in mindful creative processes that uncover opportunities for disruption and acts of resistance, Schlichting is investigating how abstract contemporary forms can be situated in ways that respond to contemporary forces of destruction.
During the residency, Chris met with FSU scholars and Tallahassee community members to open dialogue on the ideas in his work and invite new perspectives to inspire, shape, and challenge his creative process. These scholars included Dr. Jeannine Murray-Román, Professor of French and Spanish specializing in comparative Caribbean literatures and cultures; Dr. William Butler, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning; Dr. Andrew Frank, an ethno-historian specializing in the history of the Florida Seminoles; Summer Hill Seven, a public intellectual/artist; Dr. Hannah Schwadron, Professor of Dance History; and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women and FSU’s 2011 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor.
A work-in-progress showing was held on February 22, 2017, as a part of the School of Dance’s weekly Forum.
Collaborators in Residence: Tristan Koepke, Laura Selle Virtucio, Maggie Zepp [dancers], Holly Bass [writer]