The Remains of Something Whole, 2011
The Remains of Something Whole, 2011
The 2012 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition honoring this year’s recipients opens this Friday, Feb. 3rd from 5-8pm. We will be debuting our single-channel video, The Remains of Something Whole, which features the cast, crew, set and sound during the making of Rachel Jendrzejewski’s experimental text Meronymy, which was performed at the Pell Chafee Performance Center in 2011. The sound design is by Peter Bussigel. You can see the history of the development of this project here.
We are honored to have been selected for both a 2012 RISCA fellowship in New Genres as well as a RISCA project grant to fund our next work (which we’ll be filming in March — more on that later).
2012 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Feb 2-25
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd from 5:00-8:00 PM
Writers Night Friday: February 17th from 6:30-8:30 PM
Closing Reception/Artists Talk: Saturday, February 25th from 1-4:00 PM
Gallery Hours Tuesday – Friday 11 AM – 5 PM and by appointment (401-222-3881)
All events free and open to the public at Machines with Magnets, 400 Main St., Pawtucket, RI
This is hard to admit, but we’re struggling with this project. Collaborating with so many people has allowed us to go faster than we’re accustomed to going. We’re now in unfamiliar territory and working hard to get our head around exactly where we are. Here are some images of our [still untitled] work in progress.
We either need to add or take away something significant to find this work.
In the meantime, we’re preparing for to be in residency at I-Park for the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects Program this July.
Actor Philippe Bowgen working on his choreography.
This project has two parts: 1) a video and photo component and 2) a live performance component that we’re directing and designing. The live performance, titled Meronymy, opens for three shows this Sat and Sun, Feb 12 and 13, at the Pell Chafee Performance Center in downtown Providence. It’s a hybrid between theater and fine art. We’re collaborating with playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski, composer Peter Bussigel and actors Leah Anderson, Philippe Bowgen, Vichet Chum, Mia Ellis and Drew Ledbetter.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved at:
Chris Capozzi on lift, and Alex Haynes assemble the head.
Every project has its fair share of mistakes. Avoiding them is impossible, the mistakes are merely what our road looks like. We realized a big one yesterday: the math I used to create the head had a critical miscalculation that ended up stretching it 15% wider than it should be. Our head looked like a cartoon.
It was close enough to work for someone who doesn’t notice that their TV is on the wrong aspect ratio, but striking to anyone who considers proportions. Oh my.
Fixing it meant taking down a lot of work and sliding all vertical lines closer: a discouraging amount of work that risked putting us in a pinch to be done in time for the scheduled video shoot in 10 days. Not fixing it meant a conceptual problem: a cartoon head didn’t match with the poetry we are aiming for. Being 15% off is in that fumbly middle-ground that tends to look like a mistake no matter how you swing it.
So, we decided to take the hit and fix it. It will set us back, but we’ve got a strong production crew: Alex Haynes is a fabrication ninja and Chris Capozzi taught Yoda how to smoke.
Our assistant Chris Capozzi and intern Warra Hugh place the next piece.
Our goal is to recreate performer Leah Anderson’s head 20′ tall.
Our assistant Chris Capozzi is assembling rib 3.
This is a stack of 20′ human head data on jigged 3/4 plywood.
We’re now installing the scaffolding in the Pell Chafee Performance Center that will be the back bone of our 20′ high human head.
This is our final face map of our actor Leah Anderson. We’ll now use this data to construct a model of her head 20 feet tall.
This week we start construction on a new work. It will be a hybrid between performance, installation, theater and dance and consist of two forms: 1) a live performance installation and 2) a video and accompanying photographs. The Live performance will open at the Pell Chafee Performance Center in downtown Providence on Feb 12 and 13 (we’ll announce where tickets are available in the next week).
We’re excited to be working with playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski, composer Peter Bussigel and actors from the Trinity Repertory Theater. Actor Leah Anderson, pictured above, is having her face mapped so that we can make it 20 feet tall. Hence the working title: Head Project.
Scaffolding gets delivered tomorrow. As usual, we’ll post images of our progress here.