Body Island is inspired by a vision of the performer's body as a landscape and a site of refuge. In using imagery that evokes a natural catastrophe, the work is a metaphor for how society anticipates and responds to crisis. One performer and ten rats interacted in a closed structure as it flooded. Spectators reclined on the structure while the unseen performance occurred beneath them. Three camera feeds of the action were live-edited and projected onto a screen suspended over the structure. This work exists as a single channel video, as well as a 4-channel video installation.
This work collapse the notions of live performance, documentation of a performance event, and video artwork. The performance captures complex, unpredictable behavior patterns that suggest larger structures. The performer in Body Island uses behavior as a prompt for the rats, who were trained to respond to position and movement as well as environmental factors.
Shot on location at Abrons Art Center, co-presented by The Chocolate Factory.
March 24th, 2011
Created, Designed and Directed by Arturo Vidich
Performance by Maximiliano Balduzzi and The Rats
Video Directed and Edited by Madeline Best
Dramaturgy by Ashley Rawlings
Production Managers: Madeline Best and Lydia Bell
Camera Operators: Merche Blasco, Alex Kozovski, Diana Motta, Molmol, Luis Violante
Architect: Joseph Vidich
Structure Design: Matt Richard
Head Carpenter: Aki Sasamoto
Event Sound Design and Execution: Catherine McCurry and Chris Gilroy
Steel: Face Design
Promotion: Linea Rossa