The opening reception and performance night have passed. Full recap of work, including video of the
performances, will be online by the end of July, 2012.
June 5 - July 17
Wednesday - Saturday, 11-6pm or by appointment.
1830 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Armando Lopez Bircann
Max Fowler Cohen
Jason Edward Tucker
and guest performer Eleanor Barba
DEBITUM NATURAE, loosely translated, means "the debt of nature". A life is spent in repayment to that which brought it forth. It is from this consideration that our movement takes a framework. A monument attempts to bring timeless into time. And for our purposes, a similar process is echoed. The action of taking something epic, something bigger than humanity and making it vulnerable, temporal, and human. As in our title, giving the miracle of life an expiration date.
As is our practice, there is a cultural origin for this thematic focal point: the queer community’s relationship to AIDS and its history. As a new generation of queer people struggle to come to terms with the magnitude of loss and fear experienced, the culture-shifting force that was this moment in history, we see this common endeavor emerge. It is not simply a struggle with this specific loss, or for remembrance thereof, but a struggle to bring something with such magnitude back into the present. The timeless into time. What is the value in this, the purpose? The effect?
It isn't the monument to the loss, or a warning for the present, but a suggestion that really moves us. An idea of where to look or what to see. As a culture and as individuals, we are always in a moment somewhere between growth and decay. Somewhere between understanding and ignorance. Poetry is in the pursuit, the feeling, grasping, touching finally the perception of this search for meaning and legacy. We begin to see and feel and reckon with, but not "know", the terrain of this cultural and emotional sojourn toward remembrance, valuation and understanding of the past. Debitum Naturae becomes a reminder: your life is not truly yours, it belongs to what has come before you and what will come after you. And this is it: you, just by being here, encompass the biggest moments we have, then made flesh, singular, and finite.
image credit: One Last Caress, Jason Edward Tucker (left), Singe, Christopher Cunetto (right)