Faye Driscoll is one of dance’s most distinctive experimental artists.
Her performance-based work summons an alchemy of bodies and voices, objects and live sound, conjuring worlds that are, like ourselves, alive and forever changeable.
In February 2020, the Walker commissioned Driscoll’s first gallery exhibition.
In Come On In, Driscoll transformed the Walker’s seventh floor gallery into a space of sanctuary—designed in collaboration with Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin—and offered visitors an enveloping experience.
The gallery was carpeted and filled with muted, pulsating lighting.
Visitors were invited to lay on pedestals and listen to recordings of Driscoll’s voice.
These audio works, collectively titled Guided Choreography for the Living and the Dead, offered a series of prompts that demanded “rethinking the stakes of human contact at both the molecular and the systemic level.” —Miriam Felton-Dansky
As visitors followed her voice, they became a collection of slowly moving sculptures activating our innate capacity to be both object and subject, observer and observed.
The following audio track is one of six created for the gallery installation. We invite you to listen from your home.
Please find a quiet and comfortable place to listen, put on headphones, and set aside a few minutes for this shared journey with the artist.
Come On In is a culmination of Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming series, which was co-commissioned and/or presented by the Walker over the past six years.
Faye Driscoll: Come On In is organized by the Walker Art Center, with support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Download the transcript of this artwork here.