Shadow (of a Shadow)

Kim Farris-Manning

Shadow (of a Shadow) has been performed in Montréal and Utrecht…

In my search for the boundaries of touch and perception, the study of shadows seems to be an excellent beginning. Inspired by the tactile interactions that we have with materials, the role and nature of shadows confounds me; can a shadow be touched?

I am interested in how relationships between objects are manifested through material changes over time. More specifically, I am interested in the process of inscription… of how objects hold and convey experience and time. Is a shadow an object? Does it have materiality? (what is materiality?) I wonder about the possible physicality of concepts, and the ephemerality of materials.

Using the string quartet as a medium to explore these ideas, I hope to notice how different materials interact and manifest themselves in different ways. … In dwelling on points of friction and transition, how might the string quartet hold dialogue, shape, or physically ‘handle’: bodies, light, breath, motion, gesture, touch?

Michel Serres claims that “the soul resides at the point where the I is decided,” continuing that “the ‘I’ thinks only when it is beside itself. [… ] I exist beside myself, like the world. I am on the side of the world beside my talkative flesh.” (119 THE SENSES)

A shadow poses many questions about itself, its partner, its existence, and its surroundings. At what point — and to what point — do shadows exist? What do they reside beside? “To abstract means to tear the body to pieces rather than merely to leave it behind: analysis.” (26 THE SENSES) Does a shadow have a soul? A body?

The soul erases the shadow of the body.


  • May 11, 2019, Bozzini Lab Montréal 2019: Concert, Salle de récital — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

Shadow (of a Shadow)

11 May 2019
6:00 pm
Série QB
In person
Montréal (Québec)
11 Sept 2021
7:00 pm
In person
Utrecht (Netherlands)