PERFORMANCE AT MOCA | Friday October 18th 7:00-9:00PM | FREE with museum admission
OUR PLACE IN THE SUN: (Chapter One)
Part film, part installation, and part novel, Our Place In The Sun takes place in Florida in an unspecified moment in the immanent future: as rockets depart regularly for a proposed colonization of Mars, a transgender woman living in a cheap beach hotel observes the changes in her body and subjectivity that come with gender transition from the very shores where rising seas are slowly inundating the state. Inspired in part by the Florida travel diaries of William Bartram and Cabeza de Vaca, Midnight Piper Forman and Erica Dawn Lyle (working together under the collective name, SOBBETH) have for the past three years undertaken an ongoing exploration of the ruins of the Sunshine State’s 20thcentury mythologies. The result is Our Place In The Sun, an ever-expanding experimental atlas of Florida and iterative artistic approach to the subjective nature of geography. For this appearance at MOCA, Lyle will perform text in dialogue with sequences from the film-in-progress, offering a nonlinear, dreamlike consideration of Florida’s legacies of colonization and real estate speculation, and the magical-realist possibilities of transcendence beyond capitalism through queer lived experience.