Correspondences Astor Place

With Correspondences, multidisciplinary artist duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya offer multiple entry points for spectators to engage with questions of being, interdependence, and coexistence. The human body (performer and observer), machines, natural elements, and the urban square mingle in an entangled poetic microcosm while opening inquiries into animate life and environmental ethics. In the inaugural presentation of this multi-borough project, audiences could safely engage in Manhattan’s Astor Place Plaza installation over conversation, and bear witness to daily activation periods performed by members of the LEIMAY Ensemble

Single bodies are enclosed inside transparent chambers partially filled with sand. Bodies are donned with gas masks as they try, time and again, to rise to standing. At intervals, machines attached to the chambers trigger a blast of sand causing the performers to lose their footing, sinking them back down into the ground. This seemingly perpetual eruption repeats throughout daily performance activation periods of Correspondences, both with and without performers.


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Sculptural Installation Performance co-conceived, directed, and designed by
Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya

Astor Place, 2020

Performed by the LEIMAY Ensemble:
Masanori Asahara*, Ricardo Bustamante, Krystel Copper*, Ximena Garnica*, Brandon Perdomo

Documentation Images:
Paula Court, Shige Moriya

Presenting/Producing Credit:

Co-presented by HERE and LEIMAY 

Development/Funding Credit:

Supported by The Village Alliance, 51 Astor Place, and Café Royal Cultural Foundation


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  • 2020
  • Astor Place
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  • United States (New York)