Desirée Holman’s Sophont in Action follows esoteric beings — elder Time Travelers, adult Ecstatic Dancers, and young Indigo Children — as they enact rituals across generations. Invited as witnesses, we join Guides in an unfolding ceremonial space, throughout the expanded SFMOMA building. Our procession echoes the first Sophont performance on June 2, 2013, when Holman’s characters led audiences outside of the Mario Botta-designed SFMOMA building and asked those gathered to “Look Up. Imagine More.” At that time, the command seemed directed at the museum itself, invoking our current moment with its new architecture standing overhead. In this time, in this action, Sophont in Action’s inhabitants call to the future, one whose object might now be bigger, more personal, political, and as ever present-tense as before. Our movement together occurs in silence.
— Frank Smigiel, associate curator, performance and film
Desirée Holman’s Sophont in Action was commissioned by SFMOMA as a part of Performance in Progress.