Contact for Vimeo password. 2017, color, stereo video.
This generative video work continues to draw from a video score presented four years prior, Some Dreams Contain Dead Time, at CAP UCLA. During that live performance, a video cued performers Juliana Snapper and Skip Von Kuske to an improvisational performance. The score for Some Dreams Contain Dead Time not only provided emotional tones and texture for the video imagery, but the images conversely supported the live performers on stage. The resulting live sound score and vocal participation from the audience (to build collective empathy) are, here, edited back into the video score, continuing a circular theme. The audience becomes a compassionate choir. In this video, a collective apparition is a pain that we can all feel. Ornamental and emotional elements found in opera are drawn from feminized vocal practices like singing trills and expressive emotional crying. Sighs and cries are an ornament of sound. Emotion attaches itself to the aesthetics of femininity in Kevorkian’s melodramatic images of Soseh and I wearing long hair, nightgowns, and crystal eyelashes.