blend (verb)


> mélanger


[English/French]

To mingle; to unite intimately; as colors. To associate so that separate things mix, or the line of demarcation, cannot be distinguished. Hence: To confuse. 

Picture a retail unit at night. Three windows. Dim illumination from the shop floor that just highlights figures. Fresnels rigged above the display point at trainers facing outwards toward the street on clear shelving. We watch multiple angles of a routine. Actions some have never performed. Poses that will be unified (by next week). A car passes and we know this because its body extends across the glass.

Certain mats match clothing on clothes rails that line the walls. A coral t-shirt remains visible in an area in near-darkness. The t-shirt and handles of bags in two styles, rucksack/gym holdall, suggest a seasonal range. The handle on one, the same as the zip on the other. The main body of a suspended bikini, its adjustable openings; adopt the same colour system. An illegible neon word overrides the faces titling the scene.  

The group covers up the floor. They become the clothes rails that stick out only so far from the walls. The room is fully clothed. Some with, some without bodies having ever entered their seams. All together now! The group closes their eyes and sportswear towers above them like live upright figures. 

The fabric’s sheen, the bodies of cars continue to intermittently overlay the division of space. They each arrived separately in an unspoken uniform and provided a good show. 

Consider the nature of an image capable of performing; its sculptural quality. The means to understanding the construction is undertaken through examination of the body as form; the outside and insides of objects on a branded stage.

Author and translator: Alice Gale-Feeny