The Projector Series 1.4 premiered at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT on January 28th, 2016, followed by performances on the 29th and 31st, all sold-out. The work is a multimedia project that features film, photo, projector art, a hip hop electronica score, and movement from diverse traditions -- ballet, modern, contemporary, b-boying/breakin, gaga, West African, jazz, krump, popping. The piece is driven by the concept of sensory overload, in which our brains and bodies are stimulated through receiving information from multiple sources simultaneously. The projectors around the room transform the physical boundaries of the space: gallery walls become windows and mirrors and vortexes, looking outward at the world beyond, looking inward at the performance. The audience passes through the lens and the digital processing software, the filters and reflectors adds information and removes immediacy. The Projector Series is a manipulation of time and space, disrupting the viewer’s focus and shifting the context of the movements center stage. This culminating installment of the multi-media Projector Series is a standalone piece that synthesizes and consolidates the concepts and forms touched on in the Series from 2011 to 2016, building upon those explorations in a dynamic and critical way dawning the movement installation with constant and consistent current events.
In the Projector Series, the audience is bombarded with images, clips, music, lights and movement. The work engages it’s audience over the idea of viewer responsibility. Should the artist shoulder all the heavy lifting, condensing a vision into a neat and palatable product? The lights and sounds cascade around the audience and performers continuously; resulting in a seemingly infinite game of digital telephone. This piece is fitting for our times politically and socially as it explores ideas of critical thought, media-created leadership and influence, rhetoric, technology, control, sexual energy and dogma.
While creating the projector series the director intentions were to develop a series of events and ideas. When light and sound cascade around the audience relentlessly, and ideas are endlessly repeated, reworked and retransmitted the infinite global game of digital “Telephone” now exist ; when the moving image assaults us from every direction, how do we find the truth? What matters more: the original moment or the sum total of its re-iterations? Those questions were questions that were constantly being examined while creating the piece. Since events often occur, and only we as people can judge the scale of an event using the basis of how much impact it has on us, the series is an ongoing culminating work.
The Projector Series is very relevant for any performance venue. The images along with the movement and sound can always change because of the events that are taking place in the environment of the installation and the modern world. The presenting establishment would be committing to retransmitting how it’s audience judge, weigh and scale the impact. The goals are to create conversations focused around the theme within the performance continuously surveying the audience's role. Lastly If we think of movement as a visual language that is wholly dependent on the contexts of time and space, how can shifting and manipulating that context influence our understanding of that language? Throughout the work the audience will feel the performers awaken a space that has been alive for such a long time. The images depict all aspects of human life juxtaposed with all forms of technology, money, religion vs. spirituality, and drugs.
The Projector Series is a installation built to be seen and felt as a stimulus of sensory overload. The audience is left to question How does humanity withstand its own inventions, the inhumane and obliterating effect of its own technological creation? When we look upon the chaos we have wrought upon ourselves, each other and the planet, do we know some of what God feels when he looks upon us?
This work heavily involves the usage of film, camera, live digitally made sound, projectors, and movement.
Choreographed, Directed and Produced by Arien Wilkerson
TNMOT AZTRO PERFORMANCE ART AND DANCE INSTALLATION LLC
The Cast: Rosanna Karabetsos, Amy Merli, Kailah King, Henry Olivo, Jakar Hankerson, Randorn (Tiger) Luangpraseuth, Arien Wilkerson.
Artistic Director - Arien Wilkerson
Produced by - Arien Wilkerson
Choreography - Arien Wilkerson & Tnmot Aztro Dance Collaborators
Installation Design - Arien Wilkerson, Joe McCarthy, Peter Winebox (Sandbox Arts)
Lighting Design - Arien Wilkerson, Sandbox Arts, Justin O’Brien
Pre-show Installation and Projections - Funk Gero
(Jaden Castro & Frank The Sloth CT )
Music - Wrex Mason (Greg Deavens II)
Projections created by - Arien Wilkerson
Video & Photography - Justin O’ Brien and David Borawski.
Men’s Costumes- Josh Jenkins of DeMuerteUSA
Women’s Costumes - Sara Berger of [STYLEHOUSE]
Photography - Justin O Brien - 2016
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