RK-LOG Episode One, Trailer, "On the Significance of a Posthumous Gesture"
A 6-minute trailer in digitized 16-mm film for Episode One of the RK-LOG ethno-fiction set in the San Diego-Tijuana borderlands in Southern California. 'RK' is a fictional biological specimen that manifests as a different part of the body depending on the landscape chosen for artistic research. The 'LOG' is a collection of files that track the life and afterlife of RK. The 'life' of RK spans the duration when the specimen was embodied; the 'afterlife' occurs after the specimen is separated from the body for use in experiments. RK is always researched and produced in landscapes that are experienced as 'plastic thresholds' or transitional geographies. It uses border arts theatre-improvisation and performance techniques to guide performance-participants in the creation of speculative fictions. Performance-participants use fictional personas to play the part of ethnographic informants in RK-LOG installments. In the San Diego-Tijuana borderlands, RK manifested as a preserved brain being sliced on a microtome near the site where Bruce Nauman's Vices & Virtues (1988) and Robert Irwin's Two Running Violet V Forms (1983) are installed at the University of California, San Diego.