Clytigation: State of Exception
Michelle Ellsworth makes solo performance work, performable websites, drawings and videos.Artist Bio
In a 4’x4’x7′ faux sod-covered box, Michelle Ellsworth demonstrates her “over-the-counter counter-terrorism” protocols for avoiding surveillance, interpersonal drama and death. Using an ancient text and modern technology, Clytigation investigates the impact of wars on bodies and legal protocols while examining the gap between emotional intention and physical execution. A mobile device-friendly website and a choreography-generating exercise bike both accompany the performance, and help technologize and outsource this embodied experiment.
Michelle Ellsworth makes solo performance work, performable websites, drawings and videos. In 2011 she was awarded the USA Knight Fellowship, and her work has been commissioned by and performed at Diverseworks, On The Boards, The National Performance Network, Dance Theater Workshop and Danspace Project. Ellsworth has taught master classes throughout the U.S., and in Ireland and Costa Rica. Her drawings and spreadsheets have been published in CHAIN, and her screen dances have been seen in Europe, Mexico and throughout the U.S. Ellsworth is currently working on a 7” recording with experimental drummer Sean Meehan and teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder.