In this performance, Lucas projects an image of a headless British-era colonial statue found on the internet and stands nearby with her laptop. The keyboard is programmed to cascade animated 3d motion graphics onto the screen when a key is pressed. Another key is programmed to send them away. The image is further animated by the sound of Lucas's breath blown across a microphone, creating the effect of howling wind. The performance is meditative, yet intensified by the audience's awareness of her struggle to control her breath. The performance lasts 3-5 minutes.
This video document is a screen recording of the image and the 3d graphic overlays as they would appear in the projection, accompanied by a soundtrack of my breath performed to the animation. The soundtrack is subtle, so viewers may benefit from use of external speakers or headphones.
Durational Aesthetics was performed as a part of "Modern Poets: Collective Task" at MoMA in March of 2012. Collective Task are a group of conceptual poets and artists who respond to member-assigned monthly prompts.
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