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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SFAI | Santa Fe Art Institute | AiR July 2015

During my time as an artist-in-residence at Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) I began a new body of work titled ‘VAGABON.’

I wanted to reference aspects of New Mexico’s history particularly the Pueblo Revolt and dedicate this project to my mother.

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The process of these forms began with a cast of my face that I created three different mask from made of sun dried terracotta (red clay) and macrame military parachute cables.

These are the three mask of ‘SEARCHING, ‘ each has a different way of seeing & experiencing the world. The first is for exploring and finding ones way, the second is for knowing and understanding. The circular eyes mimic the Ouroboros snake that consumes it’s own tail, symbolizing self-reflection and cycles. The third is for seeing without looking, its eyes are closed but is able to see.

I also created a macrame shawl made of military parachute cables, it’s ends have knots like those made by the Pueblo Indians who kept knots in a rope to count down the days until the Pueblo Revolt. I had to use my whole body to create this piece, using my legs and arms to separate the cords then knot them in the right places.

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My goal before arriving to SFAI was to figure out how to make work again after the loss of my mother last December.  This process of morning and reverence needed to be incorporated into the work.

2015-07-22 13.31.20-1I wanted to make forms that reminded me of home. I came to the conclusion that I was what reminded myself most of my mother. So I used stones and my own body to form these ‘objects,’ creating a heart like form; then cut them open and filled them with my mother’s ashes.

Traveling through different locations throughout New Mexico I wanted to create a sense of multi-dimensional space. Bringing the viewer from below to above like a rebirth, a continual loop. I worked within abandoned Kiva’s, focusing on a constructed one at Pecos National Park. I wanted to bring back a sense of purpose for these sacred places that are now tourist attractions. Allowing them to once again be used for ritual and remembrance.

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Rebecca Solnit ‘s book ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ sums up well my feelings as I journeyed through this project.

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Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses amongst the molecules of the air…The world is blue at it’s edges and at it’s depths.

This blue is the light that got lost.

The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude, and of desire. The color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not, and the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not at the place miles away at the horizon but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains…

Blue is color of longing for the distances you never arrive in…

…If you can look across the distance without wanting to close it up, you can own your longing the same, as you can own the blue that can never be possessed. For something of this longing will, like the blue of distance, only be relocated not assuaged by acquisition and arrival. Just as the mountains cease to be blue when you arrive among them, and the blue instead tints the next beyond…

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.

3 SISTERS Part II Kickstarter

THIS PROJECT WAS FULLY FUNDED!!!

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I am excited to share the news of a new project and artist residency!

I’ve created a  KICKSTARTER Project which will help support the new work,  3 SISTERS: SustainABLE, that will be in production at Elsewhere Living Museum in July. The funds from KICKSTARTER will go to making a new video & installation at Elsewhere as well as bringing a spot light on local organic farms in North Carolina.

ABOUT PROJECT
Part II of my 3 SISTERS Series will reference the North American and Mesoamerica story of the Three Sisters: Corn, Squash, and Beans. The stories revolving around these mythological deities describe how they support one another and help the humans that they feed from their harvest. The agricultural system of the plants complementing and helping the other grow is enhanced in a technique known as companion planting. I have done an extensive amount of research on the different existing stories and studied the different companion planting formations. In a combination of these references and my own personal interpretations I will create an abstract narrative. The larger issues I would also like to address is the use of GMO Crops by companies throughout the US and its effects on the environment. I am currently working on getting in contact with local organic farmers to obtain access to shoot on their fields, and bring focus and exposure to their farms.

 

FUNDING GOAL

The $1,500 + or more funding I aim to raise will go to the following:

+ Residency fees:  $500
+ Travel (round trip drive):  $250
+ Materials:  $250
+ Casting materials:  $200-350

+ Professional performer fees
**(Possible if extra funds are raised)

 

REWARDS

As gratitude for all of your support I will make the following items available as ‘THANK YOU’ rewards. 
Here are a couple images and examples of the reward book from
Part I; 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth:28 pg.
7 x 7 in. (18×18 cm)
Matte color print
Book Link ]
+ Postcards of a selected video still form the new video 3 SISTERS: SustainABLE.

+ I will go on a scavenger hunt to find secrete hidden treasures in the Elsewhere Living Museum and send a documented image of them. A personal ‘THANK YOU!’ video will be made complied of these images and reference to contributors.
++ With a little more support form you I will ANIMATE that object, yes it will sing & dance personally thanking you.

+ There will be a couple small sculptural pieces that will be made out of the materials used in the piece: corn husk, cobs, and beans. The first sculptural reward is wearable and upon request all of them can be made to be worn, just message me in comments.

Thank you for taking the time to look at this project and your consideration of becoming a backer!

 

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.