Weight and balance were also issues in Warm Up: Hermitage State Theatre (2014), a wall-size video shown in the empty restaurant, featuring Liden inserting herself into a professional ballet warm-up. Visibly more awkward and always slightly behind, she gamely tries to follow the dancers’ polished movements. The video could be seen in a mirror on the opposite wall, sandwiching viewers between a projection and a reflection. By imagining their own attempts to join in the exercise, spectators could participate in Liden’s uncomfortable Duchampian readymade.
A version of this story originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of ARTnews on page 83.