From a series created in collaboration with the artist Farley Gwazda for the exhibition Howwa We Ana - However We Wanna at PlaySPACE Gallery in San Francisco.
The exhibition consisted of various projects, each of which was the result of a set of rules that we had created to structure our collaborations, which we termed "Chaliffs." The communication games resulted in videos, audio, text, and drawings. Alongside each of them a text was displayed, structured as a "chat," that explained the structure whereby it was created.
Following is the "chat" displayed alongside Chaliff Dance.
Eff: I will film myself dancing a made-up dance. Then I will write down its choreography send you the directions. I will dress formally and it would only be right if you would, too. Oh - I don't send you the video - that would ruin it!
Dina: I am also going to choreograph a dance, film myself dancing my dance, and send you the written directions. Then I will film myself, wearing a formal dress, trying to follow your steps.
Eff: And I will film myself trying to dance your dance.
Eff: Wait - it's a little confusing. So, I dance my dance and you dance my dance?
Dina: We both dance our own dance, but only once at the beginning, then we dance the other person's dance by following each other's written dance instructions.
Eff: I don't think they will get totally coordinated. Or even semi coordinated
Dina: They might, though. What music should we use?