Saturday, July 25, 2009
I suppose what I really wanted to do was create something relevant while taking something already known and figuring it out how to make it new, for me. First I took what I had, the gyre. I think it was the initial discovery of the oceanic garbage patch that I was mostly drawn to. I have this picture in my head of a boat cutting through the gyre finding a waste land of our trash. The idea of wadding through those waters is so spooky to me. So an image of a boat dragging its way through our garbage was the image that replayed itself in my brain till it burned and ingrained itself in there. After a while I was envisioning scenes from Apocalypse Now; once again a boat ride. It was pretty easy from that point on to better see that most of our media, be it the news, films, and music have been pushing extra hard a recurrent theme of a Doomsday Scenario.----- Global warming. Polar bears on glaciers. Forests on fire. Smoke in the air. Bombs over Baghdad. Airports. Red threat levels. Green threat levels. Aliens. Asteroids. Disease.--- All of these things we filter daily. Paradoxically our world is becoming increasingly fragmented by an already fragmented world. The 'End of the World' is one of our most popular, popular culture themes ever. So then I felt I had the direction I would be going with this; apocalypse. I opted out of the optimistic angle. With that I had two components to the piece but something was still missing for me and that was it needed something old that can provoke an air of timelessness. A myth perhaps? What came to mind when I thought of boats and myths was the boat ride to Hades. And there it was. A mythical guide taking souls over to the afterlife by way of boat across a treacherous river. From there I threw in a few skeletons and an evil looking pelican and I had something I liked.
Here are a few images that I like or find inspiration in...
Renderings will soon follow...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
First, once again - a big thanks to everyone's participation in our title search. I am interested in dialogues, points of view and perspectives in all parts of this process and in the work itself. I think it starts with our process as a group. What do we all think and have to say? I am grateful that you are willing to put your ideas out there and that we can create a process that we feel safe and invested to do that.
Thank you Colin for providing the podcast links. Check them out.... lots of interesting stuff in both of these!
Also, Colin you put forth a very solid argument in favor of the title Gyre. You nudged me back in that direction. HOWEVER, in our prod. design meeting today (before I had read this) everything seems to have shifted. FLUSH.
Ariel Dance Theatre presents
The Gyre Project, Part III
so far this is maybe my fav way of including the language about "The Gyre Project"
Sleeping on this - but there seems to be a consensus coming in in favor of FLUSH.
Since I also spend a daily hour in a city park with Roscoe, I have to agree that making people responsible and to get them to pick up their shit, or their dog's shit, is very difficult if there is not a consequence. Hence, cameras and a fine. It is annoying, disgusting and actually unbelievable that people leave their trash, dog shit.... or clearly also their own shit, where they drop it. HELLO?
It reminds me of a child learning responsibility. We learn through consequence. If someone has never had a consequence for certain behavior maybe they will never be aware of it or change it. I think the first step is maybe education & awareness - there are ways to bring attention to this, as a community, to inspire change.
On the other side, what about more toilet resources available for those who don't have the luxury of having a home with one?
What about more trash bins, with signs in whatever languages are needed, that encourage cleaning up. That promote that this is their park too. Take care of it. For you and for everyone else you share it with. Look how beautiful it is!
It comes down to awareness. responsibility. How much are we willing to do to help those who don't have these things?
It sounds hard to catch the owner of a dog who hasn't picked up the poop. Maybe there could be poop patrol cops, who just walk around watching dogs poop and watch to see if the owner picks it up or walks away. Maybe these folks have to have the threat of the ticket to WAKE UP!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This site is one part stoop sale and one part personal experiment. The idea was born during the March 2009 session of Project M in Belfast Maine, where 12 people sat crammed around a corner booth at Rollies, fueled by rounds of Guinness and Leinenkugels. By ridding myself of these possessions, I aim to both lighten my travel load and remove the obtrusive clutter from my everyday life.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
These links are great and I hope everyone takes a few minutes to check them out. Thanks Steve! The sound of the earth is amazing and totally contributes to our investigation of the sound and voice of earth in the work. The video's about the NP Gyre made me so sad I cried. I remembered why I am passionate about this project. Watching the videos I experienced a deep connection to the ocean and birds and fish, a deep love, and felt such gut-wrenching despair. However, it is really great that people who have the ability to reach large audiences are bringing attention to the gyre- called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is great timing for our project for sure. Or maybe this is how it is supposed to be and we are part of it.
I was struck by one of the headlines "Changing our behavior is our only hope". It is not possible to clean this up. This resonates with our work so much.
Three years ago it was "larger than Texas" and now they are saying 2x's as large!
Also, 80% of the trash is plastic. I am reminded of the core inspiration that is connected to plastic. I would like to continue to include investigations connected to the plastic - through a combination of fact and metaphor. Also, love the idea of being able to access real footage of the gyre to use in our work. Maybe connect to Charles Moore or David de Rothschild somehow. What if Rothschild is on his plastic sailboat journey through the gyre while we are working on/performing this? We could use his communication to the world through his blogs, maybe video footage - help bring attention to it. Maybe as part of the lobby art installation.
April 28, 2009 1:45 PM
April 22, 2009 3:02 PM
From Steve: Oprah Shines light on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
April 25, 2009 9:15 PM
From Steve: here are some correct links. :)
April 28, 2009 8:11 AM
Over the last couple weeks have been asking a lot of questions. Aiming to locate the specific questions we want to ask. What do we want the audience to walk away with? Identifying the core thesis of this work. Are we starting where we left off? What are we using, drawing, and developing from previous creations – including work in five2ten.
We have discussed using a classic story or myth structure to build from. Or maybe each of the four characters has their own story or myth as their underlying super-objective.
Rather than developing invented characters we’ve discussed creating from the cast’s own resources, life journey, stories, etc. Also, possibly including wider points of view drawn from our community engagement workshops and interviews. More on that later.
The planet earth is a fifth character in the work. It’s presence and forces can be expressed through the music, movement, and video elements. We’ve also discussed the possibility of an actual voice. As part of the earth, the gyre is like a cancer calling for attention to its body and it is through our own healing that we contribute to creating balance.
Design: The gyre is not always present. As a metaphorical gyre the space can become any time and any place and constantly shift in a multitude of ways. Also exploration of sterile spaces, a science laboratory, large spaces like an airport, places of someone’s past. The gyre’s presence can be all through the video, eliminating actual trash on the stage. One possibility.
A semi-circle thrust with four video surfaces – SR & SL behind audiences, US and the floor.
What propels the work, breaking the meditation of previous work? Shifting and landing in situations, scenes. Humor.
Words: Taken, thrown, isolated, scattered, propelled, revolving, repeated spiral/circle pattern that changes. cycles, orbits, fluid, navigate, negotiate. Scientific.
Break from previous work where they all arrive and never leave. Maybe one person is already there. Another always passing through. or taking places of each other. or becoming people in someone’s past. more questions.
By way of what impetus does change occur? Conscious change through awareness. Unconscious change propelled by forces beyond us. Adaptation. Change by way of catastrophic occurrences or just a tap on the forehead? Do ideas of change live in the future, and hence always remain there? Action of change lives in the now.
Wholeness of being. Body, Mind, Spirit. What is the mind part of the earth? The intelligence of nature, perfect through imperfection. Instinct of animals.
Healing means to make whole, bring into balance.
The symptom or altercation won’t “go away” but will no longer be needed if things are brought into balance.
Fashion something new with the darkness.
Transformation. Evolution. Continuum. Participating in creating balance.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Hi all, welcome to our blog. This is a blog for our creative team. Post thoughts/ideas/images/questions as they come to mind and share! Or just visit regularly to keep in the inspirational loop. Anything and everything is welcome.