conceived and performed by Dean Moss
[2001, performance, color]
Central to “the board dance” is the score: a recording of interview between my brother [Mike] and I completed in 1992. It's set in juxtaposition with Marty Robbins rendition of “Streets of Larado” and the sounds from the two films “Yojimbo” by Akira Kurosawa and “Fist Full of Dollars” by Sergio Leone. The parallel plots of the two films, indicated by the projected clips, support the multiple dualities of the work as a whole. Significantly imagery is included from my father’s homemovie images of “cowboys” in a county fair circa 1958, and rehearsal footage. What is difficult to see in the documentation is the incorporation of the space. The reflective side of the moving board both mirrors the audience and flashes the video imagery around the room creating a dynamic visual environment. The work draws inspiration from Bill Viola’s “Slowly Turning Narrative”.