2017 — performance — a maya + rouvelle collaboration
Figure Ground is a movement and media work performed at Eden’s Expressway in SoHo NYC as part of Movement Research’s Open Performance Series (movementresearch.org/). This video is documentation of its first performance.
The work is based on the Second Tableau (The Sacrifice) of the Joffrey Ballet/Millicent Hodson’s 1987 reconstruction of the “original” Nijinsky choreography and Roerich costume and set design for the 1913 Ballet Russe production of Le Sacre du Printemps.
At the core of this piece is a cyclical dynamic of transitioning figure and ground relationships. Ritual, sacrifice, mystery, earth, the heroic, politics of gender and technology, death and renewal are embodied by the integration, camouflaging, and collision of different musics, times, materials, cultural forms, and media.
Materials: original and found sound and video, paper, string, choreography and dance.
> Festa Della Bruna
> Les 100 ans du Sacre du Printemps par le théâtre Mariinski
> My second best SuperHyperCube run, so far
> US soldiers getting manicures
> Len Lye’s Tusalava
> Beethoven Op. 132, Budapest Quartet
> Stravinsky, Requiem Canticles
> Burial, Come Down to Us (Hyperdub 2013)
> Ambient music for Len Lye’s Tusalava
2016 – dimensions variable – digital print [original work / paper] > in-progress work for a maya + rouvelle collaboration.
place and borrow
2016 — installation/performance — a maya + rouvelle collaboration
Realized in a re-purposed bank in Detroit, Place and Borrow is an interactive performance work for actor and media. The piece was developed for G. Louise Cooper, who gave the performance and installed the work in the multidisciplinary art space Grand on River as part of MicroMacro Art Biome (catalogue pdf). The video was shot by Remi Slade-Caffarel.
The basic premise of the piece is that somehow, through the process of installing the exhibit, the formerly abandoned bank has woken up to find itself an art space. It channels its dual nature through a head teller/performer and attempts both to continue its business as a bank and performance venue. This is America, 2016.
The media includes bismuth, lead, paper, string, bio-plastic, a wireless, head-mounted camera, projector, and a remote control vehicle.
video of performance / photo documentation
A detailed description of the piece, script, and other relevant materials can be found here.
2016 – dimensions variable – digital print [tape, nails, dismantled ornament]
2016 – dimensions variable – digital print
2016 – video – a maya + rouvelle collaboration
composed from fragments of other maya + rouvelle pieces, documentation and experiments, derivando is an ongoing series of works in sound and image that are a confluence and slippage of times and processes.
these works are best experienced through headphones.
an ideal space on the frontier
2015 – video for installation/performance projection
An ideal space on the frontier is a topology of events and media realized for Stazione di Topolò, July 2015. A maya + rouvelle collaboration with artist James Rouvelle. The work includes an installation/performance with mezzo-soprano Carlotta Buiatti, a musical composition, handmade musical instruments, materials found on site, drawings and video.
Inspired by the location and its history on the Italian and Slovenian border, Stazione di Topolò was an ideal space for us to continue to explore with sound, light and movement the qualities of suspension that take place on the frontier; where the essential in-betweenness of all things is evoked, with its ever present shifting perspectives, dualities and parallels.
This video was developed on site and includes footage captured in Topolò as well as unpublished material from earlier maya.rouvelle projects whose content foreshadowed this work. The visual echoes between the Topolò footage and the previous work footage form an isorhythm across time and space, another frontier. As a part of the installation/performance the video was projected onto drawings positioned over found objects.
The musical composition is a cross-synthesis of different musics from different times and media organized around the theme of the project.
These drawings belong to a series created for and included in the installation/performance. Their process was analogous to the process for creating the musical composition in that both explored the border as a site of hybridity and assemblage. The drawings are presented here as they were photographed in a neighboring site illuminated by the Friulian sun, thus extending the work into yet another neighboring frontier.
full project documentation:
installation/performance photo documentation
video documentation of the installation
video for installation/performance projection
prelude to installation/performance work for Stazione di Topolò, July 2015
rosa va bien
2015 – dimensions variable – digital print [original work / wax, mixed media]
2015 – dimensions variable – digital print [original work / glass etching]
2014 – maya + rouvelle collaboration with artist James Rouvelle / live recording of performance with handmade glass instruments and electro-magnets from our artist residencies at the Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School.
images are on flickr.
@ Pilchuck Glass School / Artist in Residence Summer 2014
38 hours to spring
[still] 2014 – 38 hours to spring is a maya + rouvelle collaboration – the music is a variation on the song of seikilos.
2014 – dimensions variable – digital print
2014 – dimensions variable – digital print
levitation with impossibilities
2013 – dimensions variable – media variable
à la vitesse de ton souffle
2013 – a maya + rouvelle collaboration / more information + video documentation @ maya + rouvelle and vimeo
à la vitesse de ton souffle was influenced by our time walking in and around Paris, La Générale/AtelierPier (residency/gallery) and Versailles – it is an installation in the form of a sequence of compositions and spaces made of sound, light, objects, code and movement, activated by visitors walking through the gallery at the speed of their own breathing.
au concert printemps flottant
[detail] 2013 – au concert printemps flottant is a maya + rouvelle installation that was shown at the palais de tokyo in paris. the piece was part of concert hall, a large collaborative work in the palais de tokyo’s exhibition entitled nouvelle vagues.
au concert printemps flottant is a kinetic installation composed of organic and industrial materials, including a live tillandsia medusa, a custom LED grow light, a motor, and commercial gas vapor street lights, among other materials. a micro-controller regulates movement and changes in lighting intended to both sustain the tillandsia and reveal a sequence of 26 short variations in movement and light over 11 minutes. au concert printemps flottant was built and programmed on-site during the installation period for nouvelle vagues’ concert hall and was influenced by, and references, the themes of music, play and integration at the heart of this exhibit.
materials include: tillandsia caput-medusa, electronics, tubing, springs, custom electric light, vellum, wood.
the dimensions of the work are approximately 10’x20’x15′ / photo documentation @ flickr and video @ vimeo site
imagining a modern taxonomist straddling a wellsian time machine
2012 – 18×24 in – mixed media
2012 – a maya + rouvelle collaboration / photo documentation @ flickr / video documentation @ vimeo
2012 – 14×23 in – casting paper and mixed media
[detail] 2012 – maya + rouvelle collaboration with artist James Rouvelle – paper and electronics – approximately 9’x16′
[fragment-detail] 2011 – maya + rouvelle collaboration with James Rouvelle – casting paper and electronics – 48 x 32 in
why in? diaphane, adiaphane – series 1
[1 of a series of 8] 2011 – maya + rouvelle collaboration with James Rouvelle – casting paper and electronics – 8.5 x 11 x 3 in