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Alix Pearlstein, Moves in the Field, 2012, HD video, color, sound, 20 minutes.

Alix Pearlstein

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Alix Pearlstein, Moves in the Field, 2012, HD video, color, sound, 20 minutes.

In a video projected wall-size, people come and go. They meet, part, walk toward one another, and run away. They confront the camera or they ignore it. The only sounds are of footsteps, quickening and slowing. Facial expressions are for the most part neutral, although some of the performers occasionally exhibit a wider range of emotion, in particular a handsome dark-haired fellow who glowers and flirts, his posture looser than the others’. At one point, he and an older woman press their cheeks together, and she smiles rather radiantly—an understated emotional peak.

This is Alix Pearlstein’s Moves in the Field (all works 2012). Despite the austerity of the characters’ actions, which bring to mind both contact improv and the task-based performance of Yvonne Rainer, the video has the gloss of a studio film, featuring seasoned performers with engaging faces and vivid, high-definition

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