dessins quotidiens en vue d'une série d'aquarelles
Sound installation with interactive telephone, playing eerie guitar, foot steps in the rain, and calls for help. The six minute sound track plays on loop in the receiver, with an added mechanism to make the phone ring randomly, inciting participants from the public to pick up.
Movement in Still Places_vidéo stills from performance / vidéo poem_ 2015
Solo performances filmed in open spaces, where I document myself, throwing locally foraged debris from behind sculptural aspects of the landscape (bushes, gravel hill, snow bank, tall grass). Subtitles appear at the bottom of the scenery: I want to move you like poets do, like mountains do from standing still. A commentary on human appropriation of space, this documentation/ ephemeral series questions prescriptive approaches and the objectification of the material world through science, technology, art and philosophy.
Comment couper l’oignon sans pleurer / French Onion _8 hour performance_ 2014
Time-based performance cutting pounds and pounds of onions to donate to a local soup kitchen, poking at how a neoliberal climate depends on modern individualism to insure self-care, instead of taking social responsibility for one's community. How do we learn to take care of others and our own anxieties? How do we maintain an ecological awareness in a capitalist society, dominated by the idea of materialistic value? How do we cut an onion without crying?
Obsolete umbrellas become a commentary on objectification and the social construct of love, A daily drawing exercise inspired the musical event, with my acoustic performance of sad bluegrass songs, such as You are my Sunshine.
L'art de s'envoler is a daily drawing exercise with instruction pamphlets and a work-out video (in progress). Asking to describe ''how it feels to fly'', I guide participants to remember experiences in dreams, on swings, when swimming or snow boarding. These speculative drawings channel ancestral animism and
are informed by martial arts. I observe animals that inspire correct flying poses (ex: crane, otter, surfer), and meditated on positioning my body weight correctly, to help a graceful landing, or to keep myself from flying away. Investigating the power of thought and observation, I am open to new dimensions of reality. Living as form becomes a necessary ecology.
Look for flying workshops in a park near you! Making my rounds in galleries, cafés, and airports, I promote the flying form with small folded booklets (origami style), directing you to my research blog and/or workshops. Hosting work-out video sessions of tai-chi inspired swarms (often seen outdoors), performing a choreographed series of given moves. I have dedicated six elements to the flying form : ground, air, fire, water, wood, and metal, always back to ground. Inspired by Sufism and other oral traditions, I hope this little exercise routine will be playful, and remind one to just enjoy the ride.