We’re arrived in Laredo last night, rehearsed with an excellent cast of performers, and are well on our way in construction of the installation. The space here at Sound is ideal, as are the resources that are abundantly available: a full shop, a hardware store around the corner, and the most delicious breakfast tacos this side of the Rio Grande. Our hosts are fantastic as well — we showed up at the gallery early this morning to find all of our requested equipment lined up neatly, along with a cooler full of juice, soda, water, a coffee maker and a radio, and the plastic we had shipped was ready and waiting.
We are working with six performers who will be reciting, in Spanish, the fugue that accompanies the video. Last night the performers all assembled in the gallery, and we heard them speaking together for the first time, and I got chills. It’s always a magical moment when performers “activate” something that previously you’ve been only able to see in your head.
Today, we’re shaping the large trash items into a structure that we’ll cover in plastic. Tonight, we work with the performers a second time. It’s a tight time-frame, but everything is on schedule for tomorrow’s opening.
Our departure from St Louis yesterday would have been ridiculously funny if it hadn’t been so stressful — we were running late; Murray backed into a parked car as we pulled out of our garage; we forgot to pack the heat-gun and had to turn around and get it; the dog dramatically freaked out when we dropped him off at the sitter. But the kicker was that when we finally got to long-term parking at the airport, we rolled down our electric window to get the ticket, and it wouldn’t roll back up. Murray pushed the switch so hard trying to get it to work that the switch broke off. Of course it was raining. We contemplated leaving it in covered parking with the window down and hoping for the best, but then we realized that we had a case full of tools. We rigged the broken switch and it mercifully worked, and we were able to board the plane just in time.