The first in a series of works, “Interstice I” is a shared glimpse into an infrathin occurrence—a phenomenon otherwise scarcely perceptible by nature. Infrathin, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp, speaks of the smallest possible separation between two seemingly identical objects, sensations, or moments in time. Inherently elusive, infrathin resists concrete definition and relies instead on deep contemplation and experience in order to be understood.
How might our perceptions and understanding of our surroundings and interactions shift if we could linger—even momentarily—in one of these infrathin separations? What does it look like? What does it sound like?
In this piece, a transparent score panel sits between performers and audience, itself an interstice—a representation of the absence of things. When illuminated, a notational language on the panel becomes visible, offering the performers and audience a means by which to explore the infrathin occurrence before them. The notational markings indicate different gestures and events that occur on a spectrum of density and presence, and an underlying rhythmic relationship between sound and silence.