“Cloths” by Simone Forti in “The Paradox of Stillness”

Simone Forti
Cloths
1967

A choreographer and visual artist, Simone Forti is best known for her early minimalist dances that combine everyday objects with simple, almost sculptural, gestures. Expanding on this practice, Forti began to use dance and sound to investigate the relationship between movement and language.

In Cloths, three performers crouch behind wooden frames fitted with layers of colored fabric. They begin to sing along with recorded tracks of their choosing, creating a cacophony of sounds with their overlapping voices. At the same time, as the performers gradually shift the cloths, a densely layered painting is set in motion.

Performed by Rene Meyer-Grimberg, Saulaman Schlegel, Sarah Abdel-Jelil, Alejandro Zhang