A collaborative work wherein videos were generated from fragments gathered at the wall in Palestine; footage of everyday life and collected dreams from children living at the wall were turned into interactive animation performances that musicians and artist collaborators could respond to live on stage at Big Ears music festival 2019.
Mosaic Interactive is a suite of interdisciplinary works that explore our collective dreams, memories and rituals through song and storytelling. A team of artists from Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia, Palestine, South Africa and the U.S. have created original works that journey through the liminal spaces between past and present, waking and sleeping, human and spiritual. These works premiered in March 2019, with a tour to East Kentucky, West Virginia and East Tennessee, where artists spent one week in each location and participated in community-led public events and dances, musical jams, and potlucks.
This is a site-specific projected animation for the Porwli festival of Light in Port Louis, Mauritius that had a public engagement of all ages in mind. With the overall theme 'Nature' in mind, the animation worked with dancer Vishanthi Kali's search to explore how the human body can connect with natural forces larger than, yet connected to, itself. It attempted to visualise these connections to nature through a mixed media and compositional approach to animation.
The animation was video mapped onto the old Military Hospital in the city so as to highlight heritage architectural spaces that are largely neglected. The festival aimed to breath new life into the site with the theme 'nature' and within the site the Electrocaine collective also installed two projects (left door/right door on the lower floor).
I worked with local botanists to find flora specific to the island for the visuals.
Performance collaborator: Vishanthi Kali
During Season 3 of the Center for the Less Good Idea (a space held by William Kentridge for exploration and experimentation), I was invited to join in collaborations by curator Lindiwe Matshikiza to offer possibilities (theatre/film/instillation) for her script titled 'Desert'. Here I explored the imagination in relationship to the script: how it is a very real part of our world and how it has the ability to transcend into different worlds of its own making. I worked with light and animation attempting to keep with a hand-made feeling that is tangible: fake magic. Here, I made use of overhead and slide projectors, shadow play and animations made from drawings or integrated with 'the real' to enhance the actors/audiences experience of the script.
All photographs by Alex and Zee photography
Scapes is a site-specific, reflective work that draws on my memory of being adrift in the Indian Ocean for one month. In this work, I explore the politics of my body as a site of knowledge and emotion whilst it comes into contact with the materials of the ocean. Drawing from the feelings that have shifted on the sailing trip I recall a natural phenomenon called Cyclonic Eddies: large circular patches of peaceful waters and clear skies that are surrounded by towering clouds and storms. It is within these circular moments of calm that the small yacht I was on could navigate forward towards its new path. This body of work questions the possibilities of human as weather as it explores the effects these eddies still have on me today.
I used stop motion techniques to animate salt onto my body and then projected this animation into a site within which I performed again with salt.
Rosehill, Mauritius - performance, projection, salt, water
LOST LOVER 1
A collaborative light, film and sonic performanc project responding to Dion Monte's nostalgia sound recordings and our collective philosophies of the archetype 'The Lost Lover'.
Music by Dion Monti
Performed by Dion Monti
Choreography by Llewellyn Mnguni
Video processing and projection by Meghan Judge
Lighting design by Gretchen Blegen
This project formed apart of WRITING FOR THE EAR, WRITING FOR THE EYE
curated by Bettina Malcomess and Bhavisha Panchia at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Season 3