Larp (4 players, 5 sessions, 4 hr each)
Video (color, sound, 38:30 min)
Set in a now antiquated vision of the far future, Future Gestalt was a series of unscripted and aesthetically focused psychotherapy sessions facilitated by the artist. After a role-playing workshop led by Condon, the players engaged in four sessions of four hours each, only the last uninterrupted session was documented. Each character brought a distinct style of communication to the session, such as an operatic language of shrills, clicks, and whispers, or a synchronized choreography of movement and voice. Tony Smith’s sculpture Smoke (1967), permanently installed at LACMA, appeared to embody the immaterial presence of the encounter group leader. The players are physically intertwined and interact directly with the monumental sculpture, in direct communication with it via the use of hidden earpieces and microphones.
Director, Editor, Sound Design, Costume: Brody Condon
Players: Carmina Escobar, Jaqueline Wright, Joe Seely, Kenka Hunter, Mecca Vazie Rodgers
Psychotherapy Consultant: Dr. Tyler Waxman
Director of Photography: Jordan Levy
Costume Consultant: Feral Childe
Stitchers: Amy O’Malley, Jen Bruce, Lake Sharp
Focus: Jeremiah Pitman,
Gaffer/Grip: Nicholas Franchot
Best Boy Grip: Ryan Bradley
Camera B: Ashley Hughes
Camera C: Devon Doyle
Data Manager: Mark Evans
Audio Technician: Justin Asher
Audio Assistant: Brian Saia
Production Assistant: Ren McDonald
Special Thanks: Erin Write and Justin Edwards
Prototyped at Machine Project and filmed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Made possible with generous support by Matthew McNulty and the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition.
“Smoke” (1967) © Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.