Oct '16 - Mar '17
We gave a poem to the first pair of artists, who had never met, and asked them to respond to it. Their piece was passed on to the next pair as a prompt.
And so it began.
I kill an ant
and realize my three children
have been watching.
- Kato Shuson
[Juana Luna + Hannah Button]
This piece was created using improvisation as a way of exploring the meaning of the ant in the poem. By reacting to each other’s creative reaction to the inspirational piece the artists successfully crafted a cohesive artistic language with which to express their interpretation of the given prompt. In Juana’s words: “...she started dancing, I started singing, and we could finally explain to the world what happened to the ant.”
A Song for an Ant
[Avigail Gutfeld &
Yotam Ben Or]
This piece began as an ambiguous emotional response to the given prompt. Though both artists are originally from Jerusalem, Israel, they had never before met. Through conversation they realized they shared a set of artistic values, which led them first to craft a clear concept for the piece, and then to choose an abstract artistic language, grounded in primary colors and basic geometrical shapes, within which to express their interpretation of their given piece.
[Carlos Feitoza &
Upon receiving their prompt, Alyssa and Carlos decided to respond to the abstract nature of their given prompt by distilling the traditional roles of ‘Musician’ and ‘Dancer’ to ‘Sound’ and ‘Movement’. They worked by reacting to each other’s materials and creating audio and visuals that work in tandem. The resulting work is a commentary on the role of the artist in our ever expanding world, where the lines between disciplines are increasingly blurred.
LUZ, LLUM, LUCE
[Benjamin Furman, Lau Noah, & Valentina Blu]
After meeting and discussing their given prompt, Valentina, Lau, and Benjamin decided to focus on the interplay of light and darkness in their given prompt. They wanted to represent the connection between these two elements, rather than emphasizing their separation, as it is more traditionally understood. In order to do this they employed various unorthodox materials (coffee, glitter, metallic paint, and more) and created a network of sound, light and darkness by employing a naturally evolving progression of vocal harmonies.
[Eva Gertz &
After an initial meeting to discuss their prompt, Eva and Lori decided to create a piece that spoke to the abstract nature of the preceding work, with the intention of mimicking some of the ‘mysterious-liquid-visuals we saw [...] as well as the eerie audio’. By deriving some elements from the prompt and modifying others, the pair were able to bring out different elements, while conversing with an existing theme. Materials included eggs, sweet condensed milk, honey, ketchup, and acrylic paints.
The Initial Prompt
Gained and Lost Between Belgrade and Shanghai
[Kenna Tuski &
Kenna: The piece we took inspiration from seemed to me to have very peculiar sounds and shapes that could have been a lot of things. For us I think we materialized a lot of what we saw into things, visions of our true reality [...] Night and day... always fleeting, something gained and something maybe lost.
Marija: The blurred lights/ light circles in this video and the Belgrade footage present clusters of dancer's personal memory and history,as we see it's manifestation and letting go in a new place through the movement, as well as drawing a parallel to this new environment.
[Malorie Casimir &
Our piece was inspired by recurring themes that we perceived from Marija and Kenna’s work [...] fluidity, movement, contemplation, uncertainty, darkness, cold, and the passing of time. We began by incorporating the starting melody of Marija and Kenna's piece [...] The piece evolved in such a way that we felt as though it transcended into a completely different state, hence the name “Transcendence”... what you see on the canvas is the product of playing the track on repeat and letting our brushes do the talking, as you can see on the time-lapse video.
The Creatures in the Sound
[Edwin Chavez &
After discussing their prompt, Edwin and Meritxell decided to create a piece that would capture the abstract essence they saw in the work provided. Meritxell recorded an improvised piece that felt like ‘coloring the air’ and sent it to Edwin. He then created an illustration taken from the sound wave of the music, creating a digital painting while listening to it play on a loop.
Can we Put Ourselves in the Place of the Other?
[Shilpa Ananth &
At first, there were many challenges we faced during this collaboration. Time, distance, not knowing each other, or ever having met, being a few big ones… There is confusion in our writing, finding solutions, trying to put ourselves in each other's shoes, using every form of communication of art - be it the power of writing, music, visuals, language - and finally finding the other through the maze of existence.
We were inspired by the concept of fragmentation, of being aliens, of being vulnerable and trusting the other, so we could truly belong. We wrote to each other daily, switched places and wrote to ourselves, and really pushed as many limits and walls to inspire and collaborate in our most truest way, to find our united voice.
(Attached images are an excerpt of the project)
From Silence, a Signal, a Distant Voice. We See, We Pause, We Pass.
[Alison Luntz, Sea Zeda, & Eleni Arapoglou]
These three artists gathered to brainstorm about the previous piece, and discovered that although they are all different they shared a few common threads, such as a background in theater. This inspired them to incorporate performance into the piece. Alison took 3 portraits, one of each artist looking directly at the camera, open. Eleni crafted a soundscape for the piece from some samples of the three voices. The performance involves each artist facing our own portraits, and using that honest confrontation to then connect with each other.