Watch: Derrick Adams

In “Communicating with Shadows,” New York-based artist Derrick Adams  selects iconic photographic documentations of performances by post-war artists including Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Senga Nengudi and David Hammons. He projects these images, adding slight animation and a soundtrack composed by Ramon Silva, then improvises in front of them, casting his own shadow over the original images. Adams uses mass-produced objects as props and costumes to create what he calls “an attempt to channel the original performances’ essence and intention.” Animating the original live action, Adams transforms still photographs into the conceptual building blocks and interactive sets of his performances.

Performed on May 4, 2012 at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Next Level (Nengudi):

I Am the Milky Way, The Truth and the Life (Nauman):

One Nation Under a Groove of Instruction (Piper):

Clockin’ (Hammons):

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