Nudity. Desire is a solo-dance/performance that undertakes as subject an origin of language through the appropriation of the theological concept of nudity — an emptiness, a capacity for knowledge. Building from the work of Giorgio Agamben & Erik Peterson, Kamino examines the moment of the fall in Genesis when humanity would first acquire a capacity for knowledge, language, and desire. This creation of extreme sensitivity presents a body hanging in grace and leads us into the deep roots of desire and vanity.
further notes on the research (1)
The first part, nudity, embodies a concept of nudity positioned by contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben. His claim that the theological first nudity, associated with the Fall in Genesis, was a point where humanity first acquired its capability for knowledge. With this positioning of an origin of a capacity for knowledge (a state before knowledge), the work itself equates examines this special moment where the body undertakes of language; the nude body as one that discovers its ability for language and its desire for communication.
furthermore on nudity and grace
At first the body is suspended in grace, in its vanity of divine ignorance, the body discovers its nudity when confronted with the knowledge of its humanity. This “metaphysical transformation” at the point of the the first nudity described by Erik Peterson in his ‘Theology of Clothing’, rethinks this notion of the fall not as an acquisition of knowledge but rather, an unveiling of a divine grace. So the body must loose something in order for the “opening of the eyes” to take place.
further notes on the research (2)
The second part, desire, comes from research into the deep roots desire holds on identity, specifically in terms of relationships and communication. Working from Lacan, the work reckons with desire as an over-arching motivator for identity construction — the construction of fantasy as means of satisfying the vanity of the ego and developing personal identity is positioned as a mechanical process and dominant societal apparatus. Embodying strategies of removing essential parts for this absolute- fantasy-machine to function are essentially the movement practices of the work – the body needs breath or desires breath? How many objects can you desire in the space at once? What is your perfect place?
Of course the two parts are blended. The work work is a reverse-striptease somewhat describing this first Fall when the first bodies discovered they were nude, stripping themselves of grace clothing themselves and what I position to be our first entry into language. I claim that this coincides with the first time desire was felt in humanity. When the first bodies saw themselves as perfect (as fantasy) and desired one another (or themselves).
movement score, composition, and performance: Benjamin Kamino
music: David Axelrod (Carly Simon), another (specific to the site).
special acknowledgements: Gabby Kamino, Tim Kamino, Alex Kamino, Michael Trent, Ame Henderson, Robert Abubo, El Centro de las Artes San Luis Potosi, Matt John Robinson, Sam Carter-Shamai, Alex Kamino, Gabby Kamino, Time Kamino, Joshua Barndt, Leah Goldstein, Jeanne Holmes with the CDF and Caitlin McKee, Donna Spencer with the DOTE and Firehall Arts Center team (Vancouver).