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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Closing Conference | Vagaries of the Commons

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Closing Conference

Vagaries of the Commons

Saturday, September 13 @ 12:00-6:00 PM
Artspace, 50 Orange St.,
New Haven, CT 06517
http://artspacenh.org/

Go to the link below for the full conference itinerary:
http://artspacenh.org/events/closing%20conference

Panel Discussion
3:15 – 4:30pm

Dr. Gary Aronsen (Research Associate & Supervisor of Yale Biological Anthropology Laboratories, Yale University) and I will be speaking on the topic:
How Bones Talk: Anthropology and Mythmaking Working Together

with:
Evidence Fetish: Excavating the Public’s Trash and Artifacts
Mengyu Chen – Discarded Data as Content
Brooke Singer, Ricardo Miranda, Brad Armstrong and
Nadine Nelson – Discarded Food as Content for the Belly and the Garden

Also speaking & showing:
Elm City Dance Collective; Jason Friedes; Philip Lique; Under 91 Project; Project Storefronts; Occupy New Haven + more…
I hope to see you all there, let me know if you going to make it and I’ll keep an eye out for you!
The event is FREE but please sign-up RSVP Here.

Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery | Exhibition

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Exhibiting ‘3 SISTERS: Lost Myth [Eruption]‘ installation @ Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery
JAN. 13-FEB. 01, 2014 Exhibition
14 Onlyville Square, Providence, RI  [map]

If you are in the Providence area please stop or drive by my exhibit in the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery. Let me know what you think of the work I would love to hear your feedback.

The installation is based off the conflict between the 3 Sisters in my 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth text and the sacrifice by the 3 Fingered Jack character.

…An elder and appointed advisor to the Sisters, father of the land Jack, saw the arising conflict develop and warned the three of allowing their passions to overtake them. The 3 Sisters began to fight. The fires within them grew strong, spewing out onto the land; nothing was safe from their rage.

Middle Sister did not stand down. She took Collier Glacier that was developed by allowing a stagnant mass of water to freeze, collected by her body, that she stabbed into North’s side. Parts of North crumbled as the ice slid into her. While North and Middle fought, South Sister caught the attention of Mount Bachelor, but when the two sisters noticed this, they plucked each and every tree from her crown. Throughout this entire catastrophe elder Jack wanted the raging between the sisters to end. He offered them a finger from each hand as a sacrifice to save the land and all that lived on it.  This offering woke the sisters to their misdeeds, and reminded them of their vow to protect and keep the land.