The Present Doesn’t Exist in My Mind, and the Future is Already Far Behind

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The Present Doesn’t Exist in My Mind, and the Future is Already Far Behind

26 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013
March 4th, 2010 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tue-Sat 12-6


Location One is proud to present “The Present Doesn’t Exist in My Mind, and the Future is Already Far Behind,” a one-woman performance piece by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen. Conceived as a collaboration with composers Pete Drungle and Brian Bender, motion graphic artist Brian Close, and costume designer Lise Klitten.

Performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen was inspired by the writings of feminist mavericks Valentine de Saint Point and Mina Loy that reflect on visions of female sexuality and the subjugation of women. Her productions involve scripted texts/songs; composed music as well as intricate visual elements that include set design and costumes. This incarnation of the multi-media performance is curated by Jovana Stokic.

Lilibeth Cuenca represents here a specific persona: a strong woman with attitude, and who serves her point of view in a direct way, “a woman who is proud of being a woman.“ Hers is an inclusive feminist stance that is aware of post-feminist traps. The artists evokes basic categories of the body (as nature), and the architecture (as culture), as male/female symbols.

The artist’s body is trying to fit within and at the same time it is struggling with the laws and structure of geometry and architecture. Depending on the movements and choreography of the body, basic, geometric costume can transform into multiple formations as basic geometrical shapes: cylinder, circle, square, and rectangle. The inner layer is a “bodysuit”, only revealing the face, hands and feet. When the “geometric” is taken off, the motion graphics of architectural structures –”Virtual Costumes” — take over by surrounding and enclosing the body in lines and grids. The female body is integrated with architecture by projecting motion graphics onto a solid white body form. Like a snail house or a turtle, the artist carries her space around — a mobile, dynamic and flexible architecture. By this performative imagining, the artist contests the fact that architecture is predominantly a masculine endeavor.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (b.1970 in Manila) lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Works primarily with video and performances. With consummate style and an almost voracious curiosity, she navigates the interspaces between different kinds of realities and extremes. Between the perfect staging of music videos and the raw reality of documentaries. Between personal confessionals and political commitment. Taking her own Danish-Filipino background as her point of departure, the artist displays a keenly honed sensitivity, almost like that of an anthropologist, to the narratives that exist in and between a place of birth and home country. She gathers, adapts, and universalisms these narratives in her both critical and humorous approach to central issues such as identity, gender, and social relations. Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen is a graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1996-2002). She has contributed to a wide range of exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. Her work has been presented internationally at institutions such as U-Turn Quadriennial, Copenhagen; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Malmö Kunst Museum, Sweden; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, PERFORMA 09, New York.