Conceived, directed and edited by Dean Moss from video segments created by Kacie Chang, Cassie Mey, Sari Nordman, Asher Woodworth and Dean Moss.
Text from “A Plea for Captain Brown” by Henry David Thoreau
(Read to the citizens of Concord, Mass., Sunday Evening, October 30, 1859 in response to the John Brown’s trial (Oct. 27 - Nov. 2) and the forgone conclusion of his eventual death December 2, 1859)
Background and instructions to participants (from an email sent 1/12/2015):
Recently DiverseWorks suggested the possibility of pre and post performance installations, additionally Asher sent me Henry David Thoreau’s "A Plea for Captain Brown”. These two things got me thinking: perhaps a video installation involving Thoreau’s Plea that functions as preamble to our work…
So here’s what I’d like: Below I’ve attached the full text. I would like you to video yourself reading exactly 500 words of HDT’s Plea. Your reading must include the first paragraph, the last paragraph and any other 327 contiguous words of the text. You choose the start and end of the 327 word segment, but it must be 327 words exactly. Which means it more than likely begins, ends, or both, mid-sentence. You can also order the three segments as you please, but don’t break the segments or insert one inside the other. The image needs to include your face during a significant amount of the video (in an identifiable fashion), and particularly your mouth speaking the words, but can include other imagery as well. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you please, but should include a moment of stillness with your face in view. I will then assemble/edit for time/flow into probably a single-channel work. You will be credited for your segments and the resulting video installation will become a feature of johnbrown in all future touring venues.