Lise Brenner Creative | LISE BRENNER | Artist Statement
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LISE BRENNER | Artist Statement

Space | Movement | Time

I am an artist, choreographer, dancer and performer, writer, teacher, dramaturg. My works draw from cartography, botany, a love of dates and obscure facts, ‘historical’ fiction, travel, questions of translation. My current works, location-specific interactive pieces, are experiments in making people willing to see, love, or reimagine places that lack obvious attractions. Personalized discovery creates intimate bonds with the thing discovered—why I work with real-time and deliberately hands-on methods, using analog and participatory processes like walking, making lists, scavenger hunts, eating, sketching, writing.

I am interested in how high-concept and accessibility reinforce each other. Intuitive and intrinsically fun activity scores are one method of luring audience-participants into mindful observation. I want to move my audiences past the widespread idea that ‘creativity’ is reserved for the special few. I ask participant-audiences to do things that naturally result in appreciation of their personal, intuitive methods of pattern recognition, searching for, collecting, organizing and reporting on their discoveries.

In my installations, post-event writing and other presentational activities, I work with the power of repetition, visual and auditory rhythms, using the notion of the archive to organize sometimes obsessive documentation of unrelated activities overlapping in the same space.

I am happy to report that every moment offers a chance to witness the interactions and intersections of living beings/a place/in time. That improvisation is everywhere it shouldn’t be (daisies growing into the cracks of a sidewalk, laundry flapping out the luxury high rise window). I think it’s time for all of us—including and especially lawmakers and policy setters—to recognize and take positive, nurturing and protective action on this truth:

Every place is sacred. The question is, where, why, and to whom?