A false summit is a peak believed to be the pinnacle of a mountain, but upon reaching this place, one realize that the actual summit is still ahead of you. Hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and effects of change in altitude are believed to bring on this phenomenon. This momentary confusion in understanding one’s place is caused by the relationship between the body navigating an environment. Both the body and context are responsible for this phenomenon. Upon realizing that you have encountered a false summit, there are few options: Keep moving forward or move backwards.
False Summit was a performance art exhibition and residual installation by Sandrine Schaefer + Philip Fryer on view at the BU Annex Gallery in conjunction with 100 Years of Performance Art exhibition at Boston University's Stone Gallery.