In What Distant Sky

In What Distant Sky: Video
2013
5:14 min., 4K video

 

 

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In What Distant Sky: Installation
2016
Mass MoCA

 

In What Distant Sky is a single-channel video, a site-specific video installation and a series of photographs.

 

In What Distant Sky is a short choreographed video shot in an industrial coal bin. The video begins with a single performer standing at the bottom of the bin. As she steps onto one of the many large, fabricated boulders in the basin, it begins to rise. The camera follows as the performer passes by increasingly constructed spaces, including a Japanese tea house built on the edge of the structure. When the boulder and performer reach the top of the building two things are revealed: a group of performers are adjusting the ropes and pulleys that lifted the boulder, and an open vista of the surrounding mountains.

The industrial setting provides important context to this work. The abandoned factory is a testament to a radically changed global economic and social structure, with its high unemployment and shifting industries. Using a coal bin as an embodiment of this changed reality, the rising of the elements and the camera will reflect the hope that comes from creativity, connectivity and community.

 

 

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In What Distant Sky: Photograph 1
2013
70.9” x 40”

 

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In What Distant Sky: Photograph 2
2013
70.9” x 40”

 

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In What Distant Sky: Photograph 2
2013
70.9” x 40”

 

 

Click here to see the project fabrication process.

 

 

FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

J.R. Uretsky

SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Alex Peacock

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Kieran Delaney

LEAD PERFORMERS

Hiro Fukawa
Hiroku Fukawa
Thea Ulrich

PERFORMERS

Jane Burns
Kim Faler
Thomas Huston
Tim Lebestky
Derek Parker
Alex Peacock
Ben Ripley
Jessica Sisavath

VIDEO ENGINEER

Sam Hogg

INSTALLATION ENGINEER

Robert J Dermody, AIA

GRIP

Greg Lookersee

DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNICIAN

Christian Meade

CAMERA ELEVATOR DESIGNER

Will Reeves

CAMERA ELEVATOR FABRICATION

Clara Bertness
Nick Dakovic
Naushon Hale

VIDEO PRODUCTION

Dylan DeWitt
Ryan Hawk
Greg Lookersee
Brendon Maddock
Christian Meade
Alex Peacock
Gianna Stewart
J.R. Uretsky

INSTALLATION PRODUCTION

Cory J Larrubia
Samantha Moscardelli
Will Reeves

AERIAL DIRECTOR

Brandon Davis

VIDEO MODELING

Chris Kunkle

INSTALLATION MODELING

Marc Guzzio
Samantha Moscardelli

ELECTRICIAN

Jon Stone

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Gianna Stewart

© 2013 Megan and Murray McMillan