Thursday, April 3, 2014
I'm calling my piece "Meltdown Fugue" -- but I don't want to give too much away by describing it. Instead, I'll share some of my inspirations and fascinations....
In particular, I'm intrigued by the ways we make metaphors. Since 1979, according to etymonline.com, “meltdown” describes not only the literal melting down of a nuclear reactor core, but any incident of quick and castastrophic collapse. Financial systems, emotional stability, organizational structure… How do these behave like a molten reactor core? And after the meltdown, what is left?
I’m particularly fascinated by dictionary definitions, encyclopaedia entries, and scientific tracts. I invite you to create your own definition of “meltdown” here.
I've done some studio explorations with the other Hatchlings as well as some outside collaborators, including Julie Douglas, Maria Leigh, Soren Santos and Marlene Yarosh. We've taken imaginative forays into ice cream, hot summer days and volcanic lava, and a literal foray to Bernal Hill park.
[Soren, Emlyn, Marlene & Julie at a HATCH studio day.]
Finally, I've decided to get radically simple with the concept, exploring literal substances that melt, and the most common use of the "meltdown" metaphor, to refer to emotional collapse.
Please come see what results at the Hatch Festival, April 24, 26 & 27!
Monday, March 10, 2014
|Teacup lady with hairbrush|
|Teacup lady in the bushes|
|Giving out a teacup|
|Cover the teacup with your hand|
|Once all the teacups were held...|
|... each one got a little rub of the hand or tap with the hairbrush...|
|...then were instructed to focus on the teacup...|
|...and make a wish.|
|wish wish wish wish|
|Sammy (Sarah) greets the audience at the door|
|Sammy (Julie) can't decide what to wear|
|Sammy (Julie) hopes her husband can entertain the guests while she chooses an outfit -- but Sammy (Lili) is too busy reading the paper.|
|I loved looking into the apartment from outside during Lili & Julie's performance|
Monday, March 3, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We were using four projectors, often running distinct videos from one super intense Power Mac, and I created some four-camera 3D animation as well as a few 2D elements, did a lot of post-work in AfterEffects, and designed the "light painting" interactive element using Isadora.
Here are some shots, with accompanying links. Enjoy.
|Rami Margon, Lawrence Radecker and Michele Leavy, with 3D piping. From Lily Janiak's article.|
|Rami, with more piping. From the Kickstarter page.|
|Michele painting with light (thanks, Isadora). From George Heymont's review.|
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
This evening is Day 4 of a five-day training intensive with Double Edge Theatre, hosted by foolsFURY and held at SOMArts.
Jeremy's final notes are posted in the dressing room there. I am not sure which is my favorite; they're all so good. Maybe "turn left always."