Niall Jones
Fantasies in Low Fade


May 27 – June 1, 2019

“Transition is always a relief. Destination means death to me. If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom.” —David Wojnarowicz

The child notes the quiet, and accepts the quiet into its body while moving through the darkness that surrounds everything. It’s late. The child looks back into the dark room from the doorway; the black opacity of night covering the entirety of the space just exited. That space including the sleeping sister, still there, yet imagined or remembered, held by the dark. Why does sis breathe that way in sleep? Impatience and dejection, the sister’s breathing scores the music of night. The child thinks of its own breathing while feeling the walls that lead to the bathroom. The child fumbles with the nightlight by the sink that is always flicked off even though the others know the child moves around in the night. A nightly sighting.

Suspended in the blur, in the dark, Fantasies in Low Fade situate material and hallucinatory presence in the swaying unreliability of the theater. While looking for the sublime in the dark, fragile matter transitions and minor assemblages shuttle between the seen and unseen. Fantasies in Low Fade approaches site, entanglement, and transition as metonyms for social life and loss. A study in the unsteady and persistent proximities that propose an elsewhere.

photo by Paula Lobo

Created by Niall Jones. Performed by Barnel Anderson, Niall Jones and Majesty Royale.