Backyard Adversaries, single channel trailer, (This Trailer plays with three alternating audio tracks.), 2011, by Lisa Kirk.
Backyard Adversaries 2011, a multi-channel HD video installation project, that consists of 38 randomly generated vignettes and surround sound-scapes, currently on view at Governors Island, Ny until Sept. 25, 2011.
The video’s footage and sound track was invented with the help of eight children’s imaginations (aged 2-11) as an investigation of their creative play. The footage was shot in the scenic Hudson Valley where four of the selected children improvised a story that they invented. The video was then edited on-line as a series of quads (for the four channel projection) with the generous support of the Outpost Cut and Burn Residency. Later, with a residency granted by Harvestworks, I was able to invite four other children in to the studio to record their impressions upon viewing the footage in an effort to continue with my interest in chance and randomness in this project. Since, we have remixed the tracks in surround sound to create an eerie tale that tells a story riddled with fear and suspense, evoking childhood fantasies of danger. The surround sound aspect also creates a physically compelling experience when viewing the videos, as the voices really feel as though they are creeping up on you. Ultimately, this projects serves as a critique of recent political events where the children are the protagonists in a game of war, playing dress-up as POW’s in the midst of a lush and dramatic landscape. Further, Backyard Adversaries, is influenced by the video gaming industry’s need to create stimulating content that is ever changing embellishing how the project is perceived by my contemporaries and the general public alike.
Backyard Adversaries, was made possible with the generous support from The Outpost "Cut and Burn" residency, Harvestworks artists in residence, and additional support from Tom Powell Imaging.
CAMERA MAN Matthew Williams
ONLINE EDITOR Fernando Feria Garibay
SOUND DESIGN Paul Howell
TECHNICAL ADVISOR Garret Linn
This project was made in collaboration with Gabriel Jeffrey, and the help of several amazing people! The fragrance can now be purchased for $50 at Project 8a at the Ace Hotel, NY, Quartier 206, Berlin and other stores internationally very soon...please feel free to contact me through my website at http://lisakirkprojects.com