F U R N A C E
Direction/Video installation: Carole Kim
Dance: Morleigh Steinberg, Roxanne Steinberg, Oguri
Sound: Odeya Nini, Phil Curtis, Scott Cazan
Audio Visualization: Jesse Gilbert
Live-feed camera / lighting: Moses Hacmon
Video documentation (detail shots): Anthony Puente
AUTOMATA, Chinatown, LA
In the basement
a physical furnace
jottings from her waking hours
What would happen if you did just shut a door and stop speaking? Hour after hour after hour of no words. Would you speak to yourself? Would words just stop being useful? Would you lose language altogether? Or would words mean more, would they start to mean in every direction, all somersault and assault, like a thuggery of fireworks? Would they proliferate, like untended plant life? Would the inside of your head overgrow with every word that has ever come into it, every word that has ever silently taken seed or fallen dormant? Would your own silence make other things noisier? Would all the things you'd ever forgotten, all layered there inside you, come bouldering up and avalanche you?
[There But For The – Ali Smith]
This installation is a continuation of Carole Kim's experimentation in sculpturally immersive projection environments. A residency at AUTOMATA, LA culminated in a two-floor multimedia installation-performance. In the basement, in lieu of pumping out heat, our "furnace" was the live-feed and soundscape produced by Oguri's physical interaction with a contact mic environment that permeated through to the ground floor. For a month, Roxanne and Morleigh Steinberg were asked to record the first words that came to mind at their waking hours as they hovered into a state of consciousness. Within a layered mesh landscape they volumetrically inhabited these words. Downstairs was about the physicality and solidity of materials. Upstairs was about the dematerialization of the body and projected image.