Excerpts from our August 2017 open rehearsal at Automata.
We had a small invited audience --- you can them sometimes ooking in from the perimeter.
notes about space:
Ultimately, Sound House will be performed in a larger space, where there is more room for audience on the outer edges, and more space for us inside--at least double or triple what you see here at Automata.
we imagine the final work in a much larger space.
Sound House Description:
Sound House (everyone is working) is an intermedial durational performance that evokes the invisible world of warfare beneath our feet. Collectively devised, Sound House is inspired by the U.S. Minuteman III Missile Project, a hidden underground system of nuclear weapons, and the tasks needed to maintain them. We want to make the invisible visible, and ask---What does living in a perpetual state of war tell us about ourselves/our culture? Sound House looks at the banality of task and procedure as reminder/reflection of our own frightening ability to fall asleep in the face of atrocity.
Every day, at sites in the West and Midwest, teams of 2 to 4 military technicians work 24=hour shifts in underground launch facilities, assuring readiness of 450 active missiles. They rehearse launch procedures and maintain equipment, filling extra time with idle tasks.To launch, two technicians must simultaneously turn their keys, becoming final agents in a deadly process.
Sound House is developed/conceived/performed collaboratively by Chu-Hsuan Chang, John Eagle, Janie Geiser, Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh, and Cassia Streb Audrey Densmore, Brian Hashimoto, Miranda Kahn, Tane Kawasaki, Moira MacDonald, Stephanie Nemazee,
Sound House is a structured performance of tasks—manual, technical, productive, and superfluous—evoking the missileers’ daily routines. Performances range from 90 minutes to 8 hours, suggesting the ceaseless underground activity.