No One Thing is the Root of All Anything

Phases and Performance of the Imminent


Chelsea Coon’s first publication No One Thing is the Root of All Anything: Phases and Performance of the Imminent describes the artist’s methodological approaches in the spatial practice of performance. She examines the body as a site for potential, and asserts the probability for it to be as expansive as the universe itself. The text examines the intersection of concepts within performance and astronomy that speak of bodies in and of spaces. She establishes performance to be an expansive form of research methodology, and astronomy as a lens through which we can begin to understand our irrefutably interconnected relationship to the universe. The subtle and monumental phases of birth and death of the body mirrors that of the processes of cosmological manifestations, such as stars. Objects in the furthest corners of space can contain fragments of what is also inside life forms. This text discusses personal and expansive spaces, examines probability, scale, and duration. It affirms that the end is another place from which to start.

Edited by Maia Dolphin-Krute and Christina Catherine Martinez. Cover design by Shaun Roberts. Interior layout by Ian DeLucca. Foreword contributed by Dr. Thomas John Bacon. 

166 pages, hardcover (matte laminate), 4.25″ x 7″ inches.

ISBN 978-1-945649-08-0

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Chelsea Coon

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Chelsea Coon is an artist and writer. Her works examine beginnings and endings, life and death, the internal and external, phases, and the way in which the body on an elemental level is rooted to space. She received her BFA (2012) and MFA (2014) from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Theatre,​ ​Performance​ ​and​ ​Contemporary​ ​Live​ ​Arts (2015) at the University​ ​of​ ​Applied​ ​Sciences​ ​and​ ​Arts‘ ​Scuola​ ​Teatro​ ​Dimitri​ ​​​in​​ ​Switzerland. Coon has exhibited extensively across North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania notably in London, Tokyo and Sydney among others. She has performed at: Tempting Failure (London, UK), CREATurE Live Art Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania), Dhaka Live Art Biennale (Dhaka, Bangladesh), Kolkata International Performance Art Festival (Kolkata, India), PALS: Performance Art Links (Stockholm, Sweden), Water Tower Arts Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria), Experimental Room Festival (Barcelona, Spain), bridge (Bangkok, Thailand) and Art Space Tetra (Hakata, Japan), among others. She is the Art Director of FUCK ALL, a bicoastal performance art festival in Los Angeles and New York. Coon is the recipient of the Rose Hill Performance Art Award, Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.