NO SKY is a new twelve-hour performance by artist Tosh Basco. Named after the poem “No Sky” by Etel Adnan from her book TIME, the piece uses poetry as a portal. Performed over the course of a half-day, NO SKY is a simple meditation on Time.
Much of Basco’s work quietly frames performance as ritual. NO SKY invites audiences to slow down and enter a state of heightened attention where the body is a time travel machine; it slips and spins as the hours are lost, bleeding into one another. Basco conceived this performance as a gift in response to Sophia Al-Maria’s Serpentine x Modern Forms sculpture, TARAXOS, which centres the dandelion as an emblem of freedom and resistance. Throughout NO SKY simple movements scale between the macro and micro and small gestures become epic and grand events mundane.
“A dandelion seed contains the whole cosmos. A wish is a form of travel. We are all a long way from home.” – Tosh Basco
NO SKY will culminate in the Serpentine Pavilion for the final Park Night in the 2021 series. For the evening performance Tosh Basco will be accompanied by Sophia Al-Maria and Kelsey Lu for a closing performance Tickets can be booked here.
Tosh Basco’s practice encompasses performance, photography and drawing. Her improvisational movement-based work under the name boychild arose from the underground drag scene in San Francisco. She is co-founder of the collaborative entity Moved by the Motion with Wu Tsang.