Kalopsia Collective: Edinburgh, Scotland

Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 9.44.50 PM Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 9.45.49 PMKalopsia strives to produce and facilitate access to high quality art that is grounded in contemporary textiles. We combine materials of the highest quality with quality ideas and concepts to produce our art works.

http://kalopsiacollective.co.uk/

We are excited to announce that our video ‘Choreography of Objects’ will be exhibited at Kalopsia Gallery in the coming months. More soon…

Kalopsia gallery inquiry: How do you use/see Textiles?

Upon deciding to work with the alphabet, textiles became an essential component of each puppet/prop, notating the associative color with each letter. The textiles also provide functional garments for the movement required to animate each letter prop. For example, Esposito wears ankle cuffs while performing the letter W so that she may walk or dance in a form akin to the letter’s structure. This piece perceives textiles as a cue for play, a material for neurological translation, a garment for seduction and exchange.

Tinderbox Performance Art Series at Mobius

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Mobius (est. 1977) is a non-profit, artist-run organization in Cambridge, MA, whose mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art. Mobius is committed to structuring environments that foster projects incorporating a wide range of disciplines.  This approach sets in motion situations where the artist’s impact can be seen locally, nationally and internationally.

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Detail of the pre-performance installation.

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Participants performing the letters (From left to right): B and L

mobius1Participants performing the letters (From left to right): Short E, V and G.

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Participants submitted words that could be performed. B-U-G was randomly selected. The cue cards for each of the letters were drawn. These cards provide the synaesthetic experience of each letter in poetic form – and instructions for performing the gestures.

BUGSee a video of this performance at: http://vimeo.com/73421345

Participants perform the the letters B, U and G

Blue, bouncing brazier is B
Brown/orange lifting weight is U
Blue drowning is G

Performance at Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Conference

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33rd Annual Conference:
Times of Transition: Shifting Individual and Collective Consciousness
Dates: April 4 – 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA

Choreography of objects expresses cross-sensorial experiences as a normative part of everyday life. The sequential performances allow for objects and bodies to conjoin in a celebration of layered abstractions that the synaesthete negotiates daily. The somewhat rare colored grapheme condition represents a ‘perceived oddity’ in the project and becomes the nexus for collective enrichment. Here we may enjoy and value meaningful actions outside our own fluency, sharing in translational acts with another’s language, ritual and perception.

This project addresses several tenants of social justice through facilitating a shifting from internal individual to group experience while also celebrating openness to different interpretations of the same data. Our project also promotes participation and cooperation within a multi-lingual community and a democratization of language. By transcending perceptual boundaries, we model the transcendence of social boundaries.

SAC G smParticipant performing the letter G: Blue Drowning is G

SAC H2 smParticipants performing the letter H: Green Exhalation is H.

Our first performances in Germany: Berlin and Weimar, March 2012

 

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Lori Esposito and Duane McDiarmid demonstrating letters H and S during ‘Cross Senses exhibition at Panke: Stream of Ideas.

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Film Script Dance Manual Walking Tour. Bauhaus University

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Left: With friends in Weimar (Duane and curator Larissa Wunderlich on left). Right: A view of campus the day of arrival.

An Alphabet of Gestures

albabet of actions webChoreography of Objects was a cross sesnsorial circus of delight in Berlin, Germany last March, 2012. We are excited about our new audiences who will participate in word forming gestures using over 28 everyday objects. These actionable objects are not spectacular by any means, but rather an absurd foray into the mind of a color grapheme synaesthete (yours truly).  As each performed letter amasses to words and even sentences, we can experience a socially dynamic constructing of language.