A Colony of Drifters

Collaboration by Lani Asuncion & Emcee C. M., Master of None [Colin McMullan]

CWOS: Alternative Space Commission, the Attic
290 Goffe Street Armory, New Haven, CT
Oct. 10-11, 2015

Colin McMullan and I was commissioned to participate in City-Wide Open Studios: Alternative Space weekend with the theme DWELLING in mind. The work was designed for the dimly lit, quiet, secret space of the attic. We created a dreamlike world of images, objects, and actions. Two videos played side-by-side, one played then subsided and the other began. The work incorporates objects, materials, and themes from our individual practices along with new work we produced together for this multimedia collaborative installation.

2 channel HD video projections 15′ x 8′
Front room displayed two parallel projections, at the same time the golden house to the left and handmade boat to the right into could be viewed through parallel doorways.

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Installation materials:
handmade boat [modeled from a Irish Currach & Umiak design]:
willow saplings & split locust gunwhales, grape vine, nylon sailmaker’s twine, canvas, tar, driftwood
chess set: whittled wood, stone, metal
duck house: 1 channel video loop, cedar, dried duck feet
golden house: emergency blankets, pvc pipe, electrical tape
wooden post & sprouted acorn
pile of sprouted acorns
yak hat w/ headphones playing live 24/7 weather feed

Photo credit: Judy Rosenthal

Media:
Home Is Where The Art Is
by Brian Slattery from the New Haven Independent wrote a piece on our work in By Water.

To find out more about what influenced the making of the Golden House in this piece go to this blog this blog post that talks about the VAGABOND project. It is an extension of this concept and this collaboration is considered part of the series. white_sands_standing_still

Here is the book Colin McMullan wrote ‘A Boat to Find Christine Period,’ a small hand-stitched photocopied book in an edition of 31, documenting his research and building process, and incorporating 6 woodblock carvings and engravings, as well as some drawings and a bibliography. Copies of the book are for sale in the Emporium. Head to his webpage to view the full contents.

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AOI Collaboration | An Open Invitation

I was invited by my dear friend Kasey Lou Lindley  to participate in the Sarasota Visual Arts e-mail collaboration, An Open Invitation  [AOI Collaboration].

This project was inspired by Miranda July‘s We Think Alone and mail art. AOI e-mail collaboration began September 2013 and was completed January 31st, 2014. Using text, image, video, sound, or a mixture of two or more, 17 participants — both local and nationally based – responded to an e-mail they received that was created by the previous participant. Below, each participant is organized into numerical order — indicating the order in which they participated and who created what piece, along with their bio [bio’s are found on the main Sarasota Visual Arts site].

The exciting thing about collaborating in this manner is you do not know who the other artists are and you have no idea who’s work you’ll get to respond to. I was given  Memo a audio piece by Regan Stacey. While walking into work that day the sun was shinning brilliantly, the sky was so blue, and the trees outside were such a bright vibrant orange; I thought, “The leaves could fall of any day now, how can I capture this moment?” Then I received Stacy’s piece and all I could think about was the beautiful vibrant orange trees. I grabbed a gopro, attached it to my head, and walked circles around the trees. It is great because some of my students stopped to see what I was so excitedly infacuated with, “The trees, look!”

AOI Collaboration from Lani Asuncion on Vimeo.

Now that the project has been posted I now see what Jeremy Fisher did in response to my video. I love it, and can recognize fragments of my work but it is entirely his own piece. I sat for a long watching the stillness of the foreground as the background moved just right with the audio, waiting and watching to see if the small deer would also move but I am glad it did not.

It is interesting when viewed as a whole you can see bits and pieces from everyone’s work, but no one knew what the other one was doing. There is something beautiful in common consciousness. I don’t think all of the pieces totally work together but there is a point where they all touch somewhere, that I find interesting. It is always great to be encourage to make things outside of your normal art practice. I talked with both Nicole Shift and Ben Piwowar and they both said that they had fun working on something they might not have done otherwise. It was fun to hear Ben explain his process of taking the original image he was given to respond to, and his reasoning for making certain decisions that all rotated around ‘having fun with it & messing around.’ I loved hearing how Nicole took parts of pieces she had worked on in the past and brought them back to life in this project.

I’m so glad to have been able to be a part of this project and look forward to participating in more like it in the future.