DEATH GARDEN at SomoS Art House
A one month residency at SomoS Art House in Berlin: Two environments were erected in full transparency. One tomb-like environment was built in the artist’s personal studio and bedroom while she contemplated how she would like to die; the second otherworldly installation was built in the public gallery space for the final experiential performance.
Death Garden is a two-part experiential performance series that began with the question: If the one certainty in life is death, why do we wait until it is too late to plan how we want to die? As the first installation was constructed in the artist’s private space she processed this question through movement sessions as the installation progressed over the course of three weeks. The artist created dance videos from these sessions, and then documented them in real time by sharing them with an audience on social media platforms. As she continued to build her tomb, live, sleep, and dance inside of it the artist held discussions with the SomoS community about their experiences of death processes. During this time universal truths were revealed about the perception of death. She discovered the more we are achieving advances in science, the more we seem to deny and fear the reality of death. Death in many societies is viewed as taboo; discussions of it considered morbid, and dying today is in many ways more lonely, gruesome, mechanical and dehumanized. What happens to a society bent on avoiding death when we focus on prolonging life rather than diminish human suffering? If we contemplate our own death, to familiarize ourselves with these concepts perhaps there would be less destructiveness around us.
Death Garden commenced with a experiential performance in the public gallery space. SomoS community members were invited to an hour session in which they interacted with the installation. During this performance the artist moved throughout the space and held non-verbal conversations with the participating audience.
RAVE CAVE at Pioneer Works
Designed and produced an immersive installation for a private event at Pioneer Works
ON A BED OF SPIDERWEBS at Arts Letters and Numbers
A one month residency at Arts Letters and Numbers: An experiential authentic movement environment providing participants from the community with the opportunity to move out of our heads and into their bodies
On A Bed Of Spider Webs is an immersive installation built in full transparency. Documentation of the process includes video art and movement sessions. These sessions were shared with the audience on social media and reflect the community and energy found at ALN. The residency culminated in an hour-long authentic movement session with the ALN community and board members. The participants met in a communal area and discussed what the session would entail and how to best take care of themselves throughout, we then walked into the installation space and moved together to music without verbal exchange for an hour. When the session was over, marked by the completion of the music and a second cleansing of the space with palo santo, the group met back in the communal space and ate dinner together while we processed the session.
Arts Letters and Numbers
Jillian Lauren Goodwin
SPILL SPACE at Otion Front Studio
A one month residency at Otion Front Studio: The psychotherapeutic use of movement to elevate a diverse array of voices held in an otherworldly environment
Over the first two weeks of the residency Otion Front Studio community members were invited via email and in response to social media postings to movement sessions with the artist in a held environment. The sessions were two hours, recorded with the participant’s consent, and functioned within the following framework: before each session the artist built an installation in the studio, cleansed the space with palo santo and then sessions began with a short discussion followed by a movement section accompanied by music, and terminated with processing period. A video journal was created from these sessions and was incorporated into the final performance.
The performance mirrored the exchange of ideas, feelings, and experiences that occurred during the movement sessions. During the final two weeks of the residency participants met to explore ideas relating to their personal experiences of SPILL SPACE. The result of these meetings was the experiential performance. The performance moved through three spaces. It began in the entrance stairwell, which was covered in mylar from floor to ceiling, moved into a small room under the stairs draped in skin toned stretch fabric and lit by a soft iridescent light and finished in the final room which was wrapped in off-white, textured fabric and soft lights. Live musicians guided the audience seamlessly from one room to the next. Each room felt more intimate than the last as the audience was soothed both physically and mentally by the shared experience and care of the performers.
Otion Front Studio
Jillian Lauren Goodwin
Courtesy of Olympia Doir
LASTLANDS at GLASSLANDS
Produced, curated and built installation for a month-long installation at Glasslands to revive its DIY spirit and convert the venue into an art-filled environment.
Glasslands is a converted warehouse in South Williamsburg operating since 2006. The space was formerly a homegrown community art space turned psychedelic venue partyhaus. The artist curated the final month-long installation to revive the artistic community spirit and convert the venue into an epic, art-filled environment before their doors shut forever.
Richard Clarkson Studio
All photographs by Dylan Johnson. Courtesy of PopGun Presents and Glasslands
Produced, curated and built installation for Public Garden Show in association with LUNGS for the Harvest Arts Festival at Fireman’s Memorial Garden.
Showcasing: Kelly Glass Studio, Jazz Trio, Poetry at Parties, Crocker at the Grill
The Lodge Gallery
Kelly Glass Studio
Pedro Espinoza Jazz Trio
The Haiku Guys
Environment design and installaton production for ReSolute presents Scissor & Thread
Scissor & Thread
DAY AND NIGHT: Collaboration with DEV HARLAN
The artists created a geometric cloud installation for the Day and Night celebration at The Paper Box
The Paper Box
Collective Craft, ReSolute Label, Essential, & Nightshift hosted a multi-sensory experience of performance, music, food, drinks, and dancing. The Celestial Matter environment featured sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and prints by emerging NYC artists.
The Haiku Guys
SUMMER'S END AT THE FOUNDATION
In collaboration with The Foundation and Kolekti to create an reflective installation to enhance the spectacular light cubes created by members of The Foundation
Liz Biro Wagner
Video courtesy of Kolekti
Images courtesy of The Foundation
BODY DISCO at OUTPUT: HALLOWEEN
Created a complete environment outfitting the expansive club in Brooklyn lasting for seven days.
Created, produced and built the environment for the an annual Halloween party, The Raveyard. The event has been called "One of the best Halloween parties in NYC" by The New York Times and has been written about in Paper Magazine.
Videos by Michael Scanlon and Zan Goodman