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01 Feb 2018

Sandrine Schaefer: Pace Investigations No. 6

Mobius, Watch Factory Riverwalk

Reviewed by Heather Kapplow

On December 21, a scant crowd of humans, a stream of commuting vehicles, and a sliver of moon witnessed a series of gestures aimed at lighting fixtures, a goose-shaped hunting decoy, and the ground. The small audience bundled against the cold, and trekked back and forth for 105 minutes between The Watch Factory Riverwalk's Northern and Southern docks, where Schaefer repeats a cycle of enigmatic actions at varying speeds.

An assistant handed out tiny flashlights. It was hard to see what was happening without them, or even with them. Schafer lit a candle in a corner and faced the sky. Eventually it blew out. Cars honked on a bridge nearby. It's durational work, made up of many micro-durations.

A goose head emerged from Schafer's jacket neck, forming an enormous goose shadow on the ground. The jacket stored other components: a rock that skidded on the ice, a mirror, heavy breathing. Schaefer handed out lit candles, requesting that they be cared for. A digital gong rang to mark the end.

Exhibition Sandrine Schaefer: Pace Investigations No. 6 link
Start date 22 Sep 2017
End date 21 Jun 2018
Presenter Mobius link
Venue Watch Factory Riverwalk, 185 Crescent Street, Waltham, MA, USA (on the public walkway near the North Dock) map
Image Sandrine Schaefer, Pace Investigations No. 6.2, performance, 2017

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