Poem of Elisa Lam

This project investigates the last known physical movements, captured by elevator surveillance, of a woman hours before her death in a downtown Los Angeles hotel water tank. Released by LAPD in the effort to identify the body, this footage went viral, becoming subject to thousands of online conspiracy theories.

I memorized Elisa Lam’s movement, second-by-second, in order to then excavate it. Working like a somatic detective, choreographically and cinematographically, I have created a sequence of performances and videos that puts her physical knowledge at the center of any possible attempt to “understand” her unknowable experience.