Literary Nonfiction. Dance. Performance Studies. Disability Studies. CARRIAGE is a site-responsive performance by Matty Davis and Ben Gould that radically explores control and empathy. Informed by evolving senses of the body, from injury to trauma, healing, and growth, the work draws from the variance of Davis and Gould's distinct physicalities to develop a shared language of movement. In this language, empathy is a physical tool, resistance offers stability, and a space is created in which everything is leveled, bringing real fear, awakening, and responsibility.Created in collaboration with designers Ayham Ghraowi and Matt Wolff, this publication includes writing, photographs, and drawings to evoke the urgent physical and interpersonal landscape of CARRIAGE. The artists bear witness to themselves and to each other as they undergo a wide range of physical and emotional dynamics that navigate trust, need, difficulty, and joy. The temporal and spatial experience of CARRIAGE is resituated on the page, as are Davis and Gould's voices, which build off of each other, overlap, and merge as first person singular and plural meet. Their voices are joined by reflections from audience members who attended CARRIAGE in its various locations—aboard a moving vessel on the Chicago River, in a limestone cave network in Kansas City—which offer insight into the viewers' own bodies and unique physical and psychological spaces. As these voices combine and accumulate, a broader portrait emerges, not only of a performance, but of the intricacies of human vulnerability, challenge, and care.CARRIAGE is the third title in the Wendy's Subway Document Series, an interdisciplinary publishing initiative that highlights work by time-based artists in printed form. It is co-published with the Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, on the occasion of the exhibition This Skin of Ours, curated by Liz Park (October 12﹣November 17, 2019).
Matty Davis is co-author of the literary nonfiction book CARRIAGE (Wendy's Subway/Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University). He is an artist and choreographer from Pittsburgh. Often collaborative, his projects begin with movement, mining and cultivating the body's resources. His work has been presented at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Palais de Tokyo, Max Ernst Museum, Printed Matter, Pioneer Works, Steppenwolf Theater, and the 92nd St. Y, New York, among others. In 2016, Davis was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship by the Edward F. Albee Foundation and nominated by Robert Wilson to present his work at the Arts Arena in Paris, France. In 2019, he was named "1 of 25 Artists to Watch" by Dance Magazine.Ben Gould is co-author of the literary nonfiction book CARRIAGE (Wendy's Subway/Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University). He is an artist currently based in New York City. Grounded in performance, his multidisciplinary practice is built upon collaboration, intimacy, and urgency, cultivated by a deep interest in how energy is directed, rerouted, transformed, and transferred. After developing Tourette Syndrome in 2015, Gould's studio practice has come to harbor a growing investment in the body—exploring limits, resistance, and the loss of control. With this condition as a generative force, Gould considers the syndrome as material and motor for movement-based performance. He was a 2015 Ox-Bow Fellow, and has been an artist-in-residence at Queenslab, Kickstarter Headquarters, Lightbox Detroit, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA