Pharmacosphore 1 // Instant Architecture

STOREFRONT FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE // NEW YORK CITY // DECEMBER 2010

Performance

A dance/design collaboration between Harrison Atelier and choreographers Catherine Miller and James McGinn, Pharmacophore 1 explores the interdependent desires of patients, scientists and the pharmaceuticals industry to produce and consume drugs. “Pharmacophores” are the chemical building blocks of drugs, structures known to act predictably within the body. The set pieces/costumes of Pharmacophore 1 are adaptations of the chemical structures of the five most prescribed psychotropic drugs. Pharmacophore 1 emphasizes the integration of performers, costumes and set. The choreography pursues couplings among performers, costumes and set that alternate between physiologic urgency and scientific skepticism. The five cycles of Pharmacophore 1, are designed to function independently, to be combined or performed as stand-alone pieces in non-traditional venue. Storefront for Art and Architecture’s “Instant Architecture” December 2010 event featured a ten-minute segment from Pharmacophore 1.

Team // Seth Harrison, Ariane Harrison, Chat Travieso, Matt Zych, Jerome Haferd. Choreography by Cat Miller and James McGinn