A plot exposed, a foul deed enacted invite scandal. In the spirit of revolution or romantic musings, scandals provoke an imagining of the impossible. Utopian or mundane, how might scandal reveal what lies unwittingly close to our fantasies? And how does it expose where society places its limits? If life is a scandal waiting to be plotted, how do we position ourselves within its matrix? Immoral and lacking propriety, scandals are incidents where fantasy and pleasure take center stage. Guided by the questions for whom this pleasure is and at what expense, Lewis’s new plot explores the stage where scandals abound. Weaving together historical, anecdotal, political and mythical narratives, Lewis constructs the poetics of refusal at the edges of representation. A dance between affect and embodiment, seeing and being seen, A Plot/A Scandal is a scene in the making, where the excitement for that which does not fit might find its place.
Produced by Ligia Lewis.
Co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Ruhrtriennale, Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain, Tanzquartier Wien, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Kaserne Basel, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
With the residency support of Callie’s, O Espaço do Tempo.