July was a busy and productive month!
My last post was on July 1st letting you all know about the installation “Portraits in Dramatic Time” conceived and executed by David Michalek.
The installation has been running since July 5th on the façade of the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center and closes on the 31st.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s GORGEOUS! Here’s a screen-cap from David Michalek’s site. I won’t post video I took at the opening because; 1) I shouldn’t, and 2) you’ll just have to take some time and check out some of the amazing pieces in person.
You will not be disappointed!
This month I also worked with Jay Scheib and company developing a new piece for the theater. “World Of Wires” developed from a science fiction novel written by David F. Galouye in 1964, and after a 1973 television miniseries adapted and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder titled “Welt Am Draht (World On A Wire)”.
We’ve spent a unique couple of weeks as artists in residence on Governor’s Island under the auspices of LMCC. I can’t share too much advanced information about the show, as it is set to premiere in January of 2012 at The Kitchen in New York. But what I can say is it’s going to be a headspinning gem of awesome.
I’m happy to announce…I’ll be closing out the month on film!
Yes, that’s right, I booked a film project…my kinda film project. I’ve been developing a set of characters for a project with a team of filmmakers: Johanna Domke from Denmark and Goro Tronsmo from Norway. These ladies are spinning my brain with a project analyzing the damaging nature of the fabricated African image. Here is a little background on these artistis
Johanna Domke was born in Kiel in 1978, graduated from the Royal Danish Art Academy in 2006 and now lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. Johanna Domke works with individual and collective reaction patterns in specific situations in public spaces, where people have to adhere to certain social patterns and systems. She portrays people who are standing in a sea of other people or who sleep side-by-side, yet still seem to exist in their own private space, created by Domke’s camera. The hustle and bustle of everyday life seems to be sucked out of normally busy and noisy intersections, allowing Domke to transform the small, condensed still photos to filmic narratives and instill them with a life of their own.
Goro Tronsmo is a Norwegian artist and stage director working in Oslo, Stockholm and Berlin. She has been making context specific stage performances in different arenas such as institutional theaters, juvenile waiting rooms and black boxes. By picking the persons that best fits the current project – in many of the cases untrained actors – the result on the stage is based on the meeting between the person, the director, and the situation that is developed through the rehearsal period. Her video works border between staged and documentary material.
I’m performing in the film with the incredible Linda Adami from Sweden, who has collaborated and toured for many years with Jan Fabre and his company Troubleyn.
And to top it all off, the entire project is filming at the breathtaking EMPAC facility on the campus of Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC offers artists, scholars, researchers, engineers, designers, and audiences opportunities for creative exploration that are available nowhere else under a single roof. EMPAC operates nationally and internationally, attracting creative individuals from around the world and sending new artworks and innovative ideas onto the global stage.
The facilities are state-of-the-art and the location is idyllic and peaceful. Plus! Laurie Anderson just arrived to take up residence and work on a new piece she’s been developing. You know how I love to keep good company.