MEDIUM MEDIUM KANAL-CENTRE POMPIDOU
DANIEL LINEHAN/ HIATUS
In Medium Medium, Linehan takes the audience on a guided tour in which he creates a performative dialogue between selected artworks on view and his own artistic work. The artworks speak to him, and he speaks back to them through the medium of dance. He also brings along his 2013 book, A No Can Make Space, and recites poetic fragments from the book, so the “speaking” becomes quite literal.
A guided tour normally should be informative, but Linehan is not in the business of informing. Linehan engages with the artworks in a playful and mischievous way, dancing and talking in order to enter into diverse kinds of relationships between his moving body and the object, creating links, parallels, slippages, and tangents between his dances and the artworks.
A medium is somebody who can communicate between the living and the non-living. Linehan claims to establish a communication between different mediums (sculpture, painting, book, speech, dance), which are in various states of being alive or not alive. In his view, any object can be brought to life and begin to dance.