motion-capture video by Alison Kotin
directed & choreographed by DeAnna Pellecchia & Ingrid Schatz
created collaboratively with / performed by Kristin Wagner

YOU WILL BE SAFE is based on a solo performance choreographed by KAIROS' Artistic Directors DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz, for dancer Kristin Wagner during the company's 2012 Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency. Wagner's solo is the newest section of THAT GIRL AND THE OTHER ONE, an ongoing work developed by Pellecchia and Schatz which uses contemporary dance to explore and shed light on women's complex struggles for strength and personal identity in the face of society’s expectations. Digital media artist Alison Kotin generated interactive, real-time projections based on Wagner’s movements and silhouettes which were captured with an infrared camera, and then digitally simplified, distorted, and translated for the screen. Originally screened as part of a dynamic stage set during Wagner’s solo performance, YOU WILL BE SAFE is also a powerful stand-alone video piece. Ghostly images move through space and then dissolve into abstract geometric form.

YOU WILL BE SAFE was one of the ten pieces by Massachusetts artists and artist teams selected to be featured as part of ART ON THE MARQUEE at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for fall 2012. Selections were based foremost upon artistic excellence through a proposal process managed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts, a non-profit arts organization created to foster, develop, and present a wide spectrum of media arts, including electronic and digital experimental arts programming.

ART ON THE MARQUEE is an ongoing project funded by the MCCA that commissions public media art by local artists. Commissioned pieces are displayed alongside commercial and informational content on the new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the BCEC in South Boston.The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the United States, offering artists more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions and is seen by traffic on Summer, D, and Congress streets, as well as from the surrounding hotels, office buildings and the Seaport World Trade Center.

At full size on the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s screens, Wagner’s figure towers above pedestrians, emphasizing both the power and the vulnerability of her movements.

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