BRODY CONDON: To prove her zeal one woman ate mud.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Opening Sunday, July 15, 2012
Brody Condon’s solo exhibition "To prove her zeal one woman ate mud.", featuring a two-channel HD video installation commissioned by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, on view July 15, 2012 - February 24, 2013.
Condon often designs performances that utilize live action role-playing techniques whereby he creates and populates temporary worlds, then records on video these unscripted and often disorienting interactions, documenting them in an ethnographic style.
"To prove her zeal" was a 5 day communal situation conceived specifically for this project, located inside a seven-story mill tower and nearby farm in the small town of Wassaic, New York. Anachronistically imagining themselves inhabiting a setting part late 1800’s unorthodox monastic commune, part 1980’s new age retreat, and part extra-terrestrial biosphere, the characters engaged in daily farm chores and group encounter sessions. As the players developed their characters, these emotionally intense sessions focused on their interpersonal relationships were led by an elusive artificial intelligence embodied by an abstract sculpture, which the artist inserted into the performance as non-human character. The video projection on view at The Aldrich presents the artist's rendering of this fictional world, while a second video makes public for the first time Condon's collaborative performance workshop procedures and process.
Game Mechanics: Bjarke Pedersen
Director of Photography: Paul Shin
Production Manager: Kate Scherer
Costume Consultation: Feral Childe
Plant Communication: Asher Hartman
Players: Ida Tjell, Martin Elricsson, Marie Holm-Anderson, Jaakko Stenros, Johanna Koljonen, Torgny Aanderaa, Nina Runa Essendrop, Kristoffer Thuroe
Special thanks to Monica Ramirez-Montagut, The Wassaic Project, and On Stellar Rays, New York.