This is a performance to be done, preferably in a gallery space.

A single performer will be presented with large mounds of coal. Without, dialogue the performer will interact with the coal influencing its position within the performance space and its spacial relationship with the performer.

The work will consider humanity’s historical and contemporary relationships with coal and other fossil fuels, and growth and industry. It will contain abstract expressions of actual issues of contemporary political, social and economic structures of the artist’s society. For example, the Pike River Coal disaster will be of particular influence, as well as the continuing controversy over oil prospecting in the Raukumara Basin.

With the coal’s influence, the performer’s movement will fluctuate between states of high-energy, genuine fatigue and stillness over a period of time, representing the poor sustainability of the continual growth in energy and resource use by humanity.

The markings that the coal makes and mess it leaves behind will be of significance as both the performer and performance space will start clean and white; by the end, the cleanliness will be compromised.

Without the performer present, the installation will remain a valid work of art as the remnants of the interaction between substance and performer will be left in the space until the next performance starts. Each day the installation composition and appearance will change after the previous performance shifts the coal in space, providing continual interest and altered concept.

Furthermore, as an improvised performance, regardless of the level of structure, the thematic will develop through the duration of the performance, resulting in actual, real-time discernment of the theme for both viewer and doer.