Ruth Reader

What Is Performance? Figure It Out.


Last August, choreographer and performance artist Jill Sigman poured dirt onto the floor of her studio and erected an elaborate hut comprised of trash found in Bushwick for Talking Trash in a Hut, 2010. She lured passersby into her apartment with a scavenger hunt she set up around the neighborhood. She placed hand-written notes in trees that led participants to her studio for tea and conversation.

As the project evolved, so did Sigman’s apartment. She discovered plant growth and bugs in the dirt surrounding the hut after she spent just a few days away.  “It was like an entire ecosystem had sprung up in my apartment!” she marveled.