Lita Albuquerque: An Elongated Now
Saturday, November 8
Main Beach, Laguna Beach
Lita Albuquerque’s performance piece An Elongated Now, involving hundreds of volunteer performers dressed in white, takes place on Main Beach and may be viewed from various vantage points on the beach and along the cliffs.
A small gathering with the artist at sunrise marks the start of a “now” that continues as “an elongated now” with the participation of the performers at sunset. They form an arc close to the water’s edge and focus their attention on the setting sun. The performance ends with each holding a blue light, forming a glowing blue arc as darkness falls. Starting with few performers at sunrise and culminating with many at sunset and nightfall, the performance stretches time and bears witness to the power of the collective. The movement from matter into light, from break of day to sunset and nightfall, from the glowing blue figure in the artist’s museum installation Particle Horizon to the lighting up of the performers, realizes the extraordinary bond between art and nature.