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?
In this work, the projectors around the room transform the physical boundaries of the gallery walls into windows and mirrors, some looking outward at the world beyond, some looking inward at the performance, passing through the lens and the digital processing software, filters and reflectors that add some information while removing some immediacy. These projections manipulate time and space, disrupting the viewer’s focus and shifting the context of the movements taking place in the center into a place that exists outside our immediate and familiar physical reality.
When light and sound cascade around us relentlessly, and ideas are endlessly repeated and reworked and retransmitted in an infinite global game of digital “Telephone”; 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?
Are we, the audience, being asked to approach this work differently, to work a little harder in our attempt to synthesize what we are seeing, hearing, and experiencing? Is it fair to ask an audience to work? Should the artist shoulder all the heavy lifting, condense their vision into a product that is palatable and easy to consume, and deliver it simply and inoffensively? Can that be fulfilling?
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?
What happens when we stop resisting the deluge? Can the senses be overwhelmed to the point of surrender? If so, what is left? Perhaps: something like a digital purgatory, outside of time and space, the purity of the moment stretches sublimely into infinity; where beauty lets death forget.
Written by: Cooper Davis
Artistic Director - Arien Wilkerson
Produced by - Arien Wilkerson
Choreographed by - 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, Cooper Davis
Pre-show Installation and Projections - Funk Gero
(Jaden Castro & Frank The Sloth CT )
Live Composed Music - Wrex Mason (Greg Deavens II)
Projections created by - Arien Wilkerson.
Video & Photography Justin O’ Brien and David Borawski.
Mens Clothing Designed / Handmade by - Josh Jenkins of DeMuerteUSA. Womens Clothing Designed / Handmade By Sara Berger of [STYLEHOUSE]
The Cast: Rosanna Karabetsos, Amy Merli, Kailah King, Henry Olivo, Jakar Hankerson, Randorn (Tiger) Luangpraseuth, Arien Wilkerson.