With this work I translate my vision of the urban landscape through audio and video, to share with audiences worldwide. This work, BENCH takes my history of translation to the next logical step, pushing the envelope of what I believe is possible within this skateboard based direction of my interdisciplinary arts practice. Above all BENCH is about place. It could be Paris, Tokyo, Brussels or any major urban center worldwide but in this case it is New York City. The goal of Bench was to create a compelling layered experience of the textures, sounds and pace of the urban landscape and the implications of my role within it as a concepteur, visual artist, performance artist, street-dance choreographer, skateboarder and international disability icon. To bring a true representation of my streets required a solo journey into the chance encounters that define the hybrid form. To capture the journey l sat on top of a beat-up hard-shell suitcase full of cheap mics and cameras that were pointed outward in 360 degrees. While seated I used my arms to push with the rockerbottom crutches and propel the skateboard upon which the suitcase sat. The rig of the cameras in a suitcase used by me as a chair on skateboard I considered my brush. I painted the city in broad strokes and at times in fine human intimate details. I navigated its textures and sounds, its traffic, parks, sidewalks and spaces. The camera rig as my brush captured the city where I directed it and how I direct it. This method of capture was central to communicating the dynamic and ever changing possibilities inherent in the form of dance and movement I have invented and that lives on top of a rolling board. I stopped at a traffic island and dismounted the rig to perform with the street of the city to the cameras’ eye orbiting the circumference of the rig gliding. This private journey between myself and the rig performed in public was dependent on the rig appearing as a dirty old suitcase on a dirty beatup board. Nothing to react to, be self conscious around. Just another strange urban juxtaposition. The financially accessible nature of the rig and the socially low profile of the cameras stayed true to my street roots of no fancy bull, just what was needed, nothing more, nothing less. ----- technical notes--- This video could easily be bumped up to HD which will happen in the next few weeks. Check my other posting of an HD version of this called 360 Surround... it also has production pictures of the rig and more of a technical description than a creative one.

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