What we have learned is retained in our memory, without it, our life would only be made up of a barrage of impressions without meaning. Memories are stored in our subconscious, and can be recalled at will, our conscious self.
We alone decide which impressions we give more attention. The strength of the original impression implies not only feeling or thought, but how significant the memory is to each person. Memory is not just mental, but emotional and physical as well. The depth and sensitivity of emotional and physical experiences are major factors in how we remember anything.
Excerpt - Sanderson Beck 1987
It is within the depths of the unconscious that Body forms its most essential path into the hidden synaptic connection to our memories. Body investigates these impressions, and gives meaning to each significant part of the whole. Created as a stand alone piece for Trip Dance Theater. Music Composition, Charlie Campagna, Dance, Movement, and personal stories, Trip Dance Theater.
RT 4 minutes.
Timeline reflects the spontaneity, and ongoing artistic collaboration between performance artist extraordinaire, Dona Leonard, and me, Alexi. On this occasion Dona invited me to join her at an international fashion show. The designer hired Dona to walk on stilts, and entertain the audience, but what happened was just the opposite. The stilts came off, and the next thing I knew Dona was performing alone on center stage.
Most of the audience was partying, and not paying any attention to this exquisite creature as she moved down the catwalk. I couldn’t believe it. I grabbed my camera, and in one continuous shot, I followed her. But what I realized was that I was not only following her movement, but more importantly her artistic process. Leaving her audience behind, Dona headed into the depth of her self. I created a sound scape to reflect the ambivalence of the spectators, her transformation, and her gradual return into the maddening crowd.
25 was shot in a now defunct mental hospital in Southern California, which was a domicile for many Hollywood celebrities such as Frances Farmer, Charlie Parker and Frank Zappa.
The series of events that took place from the moment I entered this space, tested any preconceived perception I may have had regarding the traces left by the spirit world. I was taken on a mental hospital mystery tour guided by energy forces that spoke a strange mechanical language that erupted with banging, scratching, and screeching sounds, which were at once turbulent, frenzied, chaotic, convulsive and violent. I followed the sounds into unknown territories: the camera became my negotiator and protector.
An empty space is never empty. Each room had a life of its own. It became clear that a negotiation took place between me, and unknown energies that wanted to be heard. I became a witness to their agony and confinement. They had a story to tell, and I listened.