2014 _ 021 Urban Songline | Latitude: 29.725046° N - 29.737622° N / Longitude: -95.342350° W - -95.396166° W - Blaffer Art Museum - Houston, TX - US

This performance is based on light-filters I created from matching film gels with the light emanating from the paintings created by Mark Rothko for the Rothko Chapel in Houston. These filters were subsequently used to light the extension of the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston creating a stage for local dancers to move to. The movements by the dancers were recorded and made into an electronic sound piece that becomes a soundtrack for visiting the Rothko Chapel.

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Part of the project Urban Songlines, a utopian/dystopian series of collaborative translations of public spaces into music through site-specific sound-generation inspired by the tradition of the Songlines, a system for relating to-, mapping of- and caring for their land among Aboriginal Australians. These performances research how we use and experience the public domain and to what degree we can claim ownership over it, discussing notions of inclusion, becoming and belonging.

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Dancers: Leslie Scates, Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman and Becky Valls.

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This performance was organized as part of the traveling group exhibition Buildering: Misbehaving the City at the Rosenthal Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.


 
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