Performance view, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, July, 2015. Pictured: Heather McGhee and Hassan Christopher.

Timelining investigates how memory binds two people in time. Circling the exhibition space in an interlocking floor pattern, two performers speak timelines of their lives from the present moment backwards. One timeline intertwines with the other according to the rules of a movement score, producing temporal jumps and unscripted moments of intimacy. Each duo—or “partnership,” as the score calls for—is made up of two individuals who share varying degrees and forms of intimacy: couples, siblings, parent and child, former lovers, roommates, etc. The score begins (and begins again) whenever a viewer enters the gallery, insisting on contingency and interaction.

Timelining was first presented as part of a solo exhibition at The Kitchen, NY, curated by Tim Griffin. It was later presented at the Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris; and as part of Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, an exhibition curated by Katherine Brinson, Carmen Hermo, Nancy Spector, Nat Trotman, and Joan Young, at the Guggenheim Museum, NY, in 2015.