Volume Drawings: Invisible Structures, Movement-Triggered Boundaries

May 31, 2008

Performance, Workshop, Installation


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


Volume Drawings: Invisible Structures, Movement-Triggered Boundaries was a workshop and installation inspired by the notion of “kit bashing.” It accompanied the exhibition, Kits for an Encounter, where exhibited kits articulated the range of subversive possibilities and disruptive appropriations. This workshop continued the query of DIY tinkering with ready-made electrical components.

Facilitated by Joanne Bristol, Max Goldfarb, and Marisa Jahn, participants soldered and assembled a basic kit consisting of a trip-sensor and laser used in domestic and commercial surveillance. The group subsequently experimented with this infrared drawing tool, its bearing on the body and movement, then built and choreographed a score of triggers and responses. Participants also worked in collaboration with an electronic musician to experiment with manipulated sound, feedback, and delays.

The workshop culminated in a collaborative installation and performance joined by dancers in the Grand Luxe Hall where the invisible architecture was performed and experienced by the participants and the public.

Video documentation is available upon request.

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