Lovett/Codagnone, WEIGHTED, 2010. Performance at the ICA, Philadelphia. Photo: Courtesy the artists.

Julie Tolentino “The Sky Remains the Same”: The Archive of Lovett/Codagnone’s “WEIGHTED” (2010)

New Museum Theater, 235 Bowery at Prince St. MAP

“The Sky Remains the Same”: The Archive of Lovett/Codagnone’s “WEIGHTED” (2010)
After two weeks of archival research and open rehearsals, Julie Tolentino performs the archive of Lovett/Codagnone’s “WEIGHTED.” Originally performed at Dixon Place in 2010, this work was selected by Lovett/Codagnone specifically to be archived by Tolentino. “WEIGHTED” utilizes minimal and repetitive movements, deliberately referencing dance and theater avant-gardes, and is accompanied by a soundtrack that includes excerpts from The End of Imagination (1998) by Arundhati Roy. The short duet addresses failure as a "feasible, honorable" possibility, and questions the concept of death as the ultimate failure of life. This iteration of Tolentino’s “The Sky Remains the Same” expands the notion of the body of the artist as an archive to include the presence of multiple archiving bodies. Constructed as a duet, “WEIGHTED” is executed here in its authorized archival form as a durational repetition of the same score, performed in sequential pairings by John Lovett, Alessandro Codagnone, Julie Tolentino, and Stosh Fila. A discussion with the artists follows the performance, moderated by Joshua Lubin-Levy and Travis Chamberlain.


Julie Tolentino: “The Sky Remains the Same” (2008–ongoing)
Exploring the body's potential as both a medium and container of record, Julie Tolentino’s “The Sky Remains the Same” invites select collaborators to choose a work from their own performance history to archive into/onto the artist’s body. Anchored by individual contracts between Tolentino and the subjects of her archiving interest (who include Ron Athey, Franko B, David Dorfman, David Rousseve, and Lovett/Codagnone), each iteration of “The Sky Remains the Same” necessarily redefines the elements and processes for archiving a performance into/onto the body of another. This work produces a map of body-specific, contextual, and practical differences between each performance and its archive. Perhaps the contents of performance archives should not be valued for how closely they resemble the thing they seek to preserve, but for their fidelity to delineate difference. For more information, visit

Julie Tolentino will archive three works selected for her by the artists Lovett/Codagnone, presented as part of a residency for “The Sky Remains the Same,” November 11–24 at the New Museum. The archiving process for this particular group of works is constituted by a series of open studios, panels, and public performances.

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  • Sat. Nov 23, 1:00 pm
A discussion of the archival processes of Julie Tolentino’s “The Sky Remains the Same,” accompanied by a premiere screening of The Archive of Lovett/Codagnone’s “Closer” (1999-2005) and/or “For You” (2003). With Julie Tolentino, Lia Gangitano, Joshua Lubin-Levy, and Sarah Schulman.
$6; free for New Museum Members
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