Weight, 2013
8 channel video installation - 4 projectors, 4 televisions
dimensions variable

Weight is a large-scale video installation that utilizes four projections along with two small and two medium televisions. The TVs are used as visual anchors and rest points amid a flashing array of projected movement. Clips of structured improvisation are edited together, building a choreographed experience across the four projections while the TVs are addressed as their own, but interrelated, system. While the projections are interspersed with long pauses of black, the TVs contain shorter loops of continuous, repetitive footage. The space is designed to surround the viewer in movement and to disallow the ability to see every screen at once. Conversely, it's impossible to see only one screen from any point in the installation.

The sound, designed by Seth Nehil, runs as a parallel layer to the video. Creaky footsteps on a wood floor and the bodily sounds of breathing and movement are spread across a stereo system mounted high on the walls and the built-in speakers of the four televisions. These recordings, independent of the video footage, add a nonsynchronous layer of activity and combine with the footsteps of visitors within the space.


SCORES FOR IMPROVISATION

1. Dysfunction, Malfunction, Unknown Function
Question and attempt to turn off or interrupt the automatic communication between brain and muscle, erase muscle memory as though neither I nor my body know what all the parts are for or how to move them.

2. Throwing Weight
Throw the weight of the body and follow momentum, direction, sequence of movement without aesthetic intervention or pre-programmed response. Attain an active 'limp' quality.

3. Pick Action – go, hold, repeat till collapse
i.e. Jump and land with both feet together. Try to jump in opposite direction of momentum. Jump as far as you can away from landing point and try to keep feet under body, try to not fall over. Use full energy.

4. Mass & Volume
Move mass and volume through space
Lift mass and volume off the ground – without momentum, with momentum
Throw mass
Throw volume
Do not hide labor, effort

Things to think about:
Evolution through repetition
Finding rhythm through repetition
Where is the weight?
Move without affect
Counterbalance
Let go of all notions of "dance"
Elegance, ease, "beauty", and grace are not important
Notice if/when you start to perform, notice when the persona makes an appearance, notice when you perform 'female', then let it all go

Questions:
What would happen if my legs maintained their physical capacity but the body did not know how to use them or what they were for?
What if my feet lost communication with my brain?
What if I couldn't hold my head up?
What if I only knew how to move on all fours?
How do I walk? How do I perform walking? What is the difference, if any, between walking and performing the act of walking?
What does androgynous movement look like?

Thank you to Terri Hopkins of the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Seth Nehil for the sound design and camera work, Emily Katz for costume design, and CORPUS for their incredible support through the creation of this project.

This project was graciously supported in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission. Thank you.