Project for Summer (and some fall!) 2011
Cursed New England:
New England: Ingenuity and immigrants and the roar of the Atlantic!
New England: Clapboard and stone walls fencing in rocky soil and hardened hearts!
New England: Paste gemstones and one time wealth!
But olde new england dirt, you were born for revolutions!
Lovecraft! Reich! Oh Witches of Salem! Oh live free or die! Oh Yankees of the Swamps! Shakers! Nearings! Oh stiff lips & corruption & cold!
In an odyssey that begins along the banks of the Woonasquatucket River, I set out to find what New England has to offer in the way of joyful spells and rituals performed for the creation of a new consciousness! In this effort I join forces with a musician (or band of musicians) from each New England state. From their songs I seek visions to build into new worlds made out of paper and glue, pixels and frames. Specifically, the plan is to build sets and dioramas, make cut paper animations, costumes and panoramas that will be used in the production of five fantastical musical videos. The “stuff” of these videos (sets, dioramas, costumes, drawings etc.) will be on display at Space Gallery in Portland, ME throughout the month of October.
Heavily curious about New England's past practice of harboring feminist spiritualists, witches, revolutionaries, and radical souls. I believe that there is, now more than ever, a place for music, rituals of the night, and local idiosyncratic customs in personal and collective transformation. For now is the time to remember the magic inherent in being made of flesh and bones and synapse and song!