Now on view: watch the performance and video How Heavy is Time? by Kanitha Tith in collaboration with filmmaker Davy Chou, part of chapter 3 of Common Grounds: Story / Heritage.
In support of the solidarity protests against anti-black violence worldwide, Casco decided to cancel the livestream of Tith’s performance in order to focus on centering the protest in Utrecht. The 37-minute performance took place on Friday, 5 June alongside the old platanus tree in Casco’s shared courtyard in the heart of Utrecht’s Museum Quarter. A small group of us witnessed Tith’s mesmerizing and meditative performance, in which Tith presents her everyday artistic practice in a special setting. We are happy to share this work with you and hope it offers respite during this time.
Watch the performance here.
A new performance taking place by the 200-year-old platanus tree in Casco’s shared courtyard in the heart of Utrecht’s museum quarter premieres on Friday, 5 June at 17:00 via a livestream on Casco’s Youtube account and on a small-scale visit. This event marks the beginning of Chapter three, How Heavy is Time? This chapter engages more actively in tools and resources for considering the future use of our building as a site for commoning. As many ask what the structures of art institutions can provide during the pandemic, we take Casco as a case study to focus on the kinds of stories, tools, and proposals that can help us imagine the future of this place of cohabitation and co-management. We’ve asked different groups from our ecosystem to contribute ideas and will add them to the ever-evolving are.na platform.
Current resident at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and part of the Anti-Archive film collective in Cambodia, Kanitha Tith’s artistic practice consists of everyday handmade works. She coils and weaves bundles of thin metal wire until they are shaped into a sculpture, following no predetermined design. In a newly conceived performance, Kanitha interweaves this daily artistic practice with the breathing scale of the old tree, another mark of the time, offering a space of sensing and reflecting on the exceptional period of time under the global pandemic. The filming of the performance, in collaboration with filmmaker Davy Chou, is part of the work itself as it will capture the moment, not only through its documentation of reality but by suggesting a narrative and therefore a mise-en-scène.
While most of you are welcome to witness Kanitha’s performance via a livestream on our Youtube channel, we also call for a few witnesses on-site, and encourage a small group of Utrecht-based people to meet us for the performance. Reservation is mandatory so we can ensure appropriate distance is taken for everyone’s safety. To reserve a spot, please email Staci Bu Shea via firstname.lastname@example.org.