Daniel Arsham shares his experience of working with Merce Cunningham. The choreographer had a unique way of working very much influenced by his partner in life, John Cage. Arsham designed several shows for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company including the last series of performances of 2011 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.


Daniel Arsham shares his experience of working with Merce Cunningham. The choreographer had a unique way of working very much influenced by his partner in life, John Cage. Arsham designed several shows for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company including the last series of performances of 2011 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

 

Daniel Arsham a construit son style sur la base de trois expériences.
Il est né daltonien et, très tôt dans sa carrière, ses oeuvres sont restées monochromes. Partant de nuances allant du noir au blanc, il s’est peu à peu aventuré dans la couleur grâce à des verres lui permettant de voir des teintes plus variées.
C’est en faisant le rencontre de Merce Cunningham qu’il s’initie au design architectural en construisant les décors de scène des spectacles du grand chorégraphe.
Enfin, c’est un voyage sur l’Île de Pâques qui lui fait découvrir des vestiges archéologiques et l’inspire pour développer son oeuvre et ses installations autour de la perception du temps. Cette terre volcanique a orienté ses sculptures vers des matériaux tels que le cristal, la cendre ou différents minéraux et gemmes.


Daniel Arsham built his style on three experiences.
He was born colorblind and, very early in his career, his works remained monochrome. Starting from shades going from black to white, he has gradually ventured into color thanks to glasses allowing him to see more varied shades.
It is by meeting Merce Cunningham that he got initiated to architectural design by constructing the sets of the stage of the great choreographer’s shows.
Finally, a trip to Easter Island allowed him to discover archaeological remains and inspired him to develop his work and installations around the perception of time. This volcanic land has oriented his sculpture towards materials such as crystal, ash or different minerals and gems.