Always Already uses materials, text, sound and movement, to explore the weaving together of plant, human and machine, including human/plant and human/machine hybrids.

The 8-hour performance installation by Karen Christopher and Tara Fatehi Irani was streamed online on 3 June via the Birmingham International Dance Festival, in partnership with Dance4.

You’re now invited to watch the penultimate hour of Always Already, when the performance aspect of the 8-hour duration became a thicker weave.


Watch before 13 June, in your own time…

Through the act of performance, the two performers make a machine which assembles the performance — a machine constructed of 100 Forgotten Questions, which turns the room into a loom, and creates a space for the performance.

The 8-hour scale references the length of a working day. Weaving revolutionised the textile industry in the early 1800s, and subsequently influenced the early development of computing. The binary foundations of computing can be related to the loom’s warp and weft. These histories significantly affect the ways we live and interact, but often go unnoticed — they inform the project’s foundation.


Additional content for you to explore:

BACKGROUND: more about the project research can be found here.

READING: a 32-page reading companion to Always Already is free to access here.

DISCUSSION: the artists and Dance4’s producer in a 6-minute interview in the final days of making here

TRANSCRIPT: performance text from the penultimate hour of Always Already can be accessed here.


Performance installation by Karen Christopher & Tara Fatehi Irani.
Always Already is a Haranczak/Navarre Performance Project.

Production image: Jemima Yong
Soundtrack: Pouya Ehsaei
Lungs: Henry Dagg
Producer: CJ Mitchell

Supported by Dance4 and co-presented as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival 2021 (produced by DanceXchange).