robbinschilds: Untitled Video Still from I came here on my own (riverstones)
Untitled Video Still from I came here on my own (riverstones)
C-Print, 9 × 15 in
Edition of 20
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General
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This piece is from robbinschilds’ part-1 of an experimental project I came here on my own. & Salzburggrubzlas, Grubzlassalzburg!, an Art in General New Commission and an ArtForum Critics’ Pick that was shown Dec 14, 2012–Dec 15, 2012.
robbinschilds: I came here on my own loops a seemingly endless quest beyond place, time, and logic. Began on residency in Christchurch, New Zealand, upon which robbinschilds encountered the country’s iconic ‘Man Alone’ trope, their video rewrites and subverts the classic male journey myth through two women undertaking mirrored but separate journeys. Presented as a four-channel installation, the video’s loop perpetuates a seemingly endless quest for something greater. The journey is left intentionally open, at once evoking legend, myth, and fable while simultaneously re-contextualizing the archetypal concepts of man in nature, lone traveler and conquering hero. Distinct geographical locations and larger than life imagery frame an extraordinary journey beyond place, time, and logic. robbinschilds’ questions gender and national identity’s relationship to the existential quest, using ritual and repetition to enrich our understanding of who, and what, we are.
robbinschilds was formed by choreographers, Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. Though trained in and rooted by a background in dance, robbinschilds often works outside of that discipline, engaging in site-specific and installation-based performances which contain elements of video, sound and sculpture. The duo creates performance and video works for diverse venues including the stage, gallery, museum or site. In their presentation of time based work robbinschilds explores the juncture between architecture or place, and human interaction. robbinschilds’ live work has been presented in NYC at The Kitchen, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, MoMA PS 1, The New Museum, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceSpace Project at St. Mark’s Church, and the Autumn Skate Bowl. Outside of New York, the company was presented at Pica’s 2009 TBA festival (Portland, OR), SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA), The Art Center (Salina, KS), The Marfa Ballroom, (Marfa, TX) at Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Salon (Los Angeles, CA), and internationally at The Donau Festival (Krems, Austria).