Video Courtesy of New York University at Villa La Pietra
Standing in a Safety Zone is a sound based performance created for New York University at Villa La Pietra in collaboration with Jason Thompson and Bradly Dever Treadaway that reflects upon occupation, faith and what Harold Acton referred to as the universality of ‘true culture’. The piece, performed July 1st 2014 draws its title from an African American spiritual that speaks of the necessity of standing alone in unbending faith. A makeshift sound bunker, a trophy cladded communication tower and the metaphoric descent of sculptures with handkerchiefs as parachutes provide the backdrop for a meditation on cultural revolt and the militancy frequently found in its company.
Justin Randolph Thompson
Filmed by Domenico Cannalire and Carlo Borean
Edited by Justin Randolph Thompson
Special thanks to Ellyn Toscano, Cristina Fantacci and Villa la Pietra