THIS PAPAYA TASTES PERFECT (2011)
8min event sculpture, motion capture* performance
the desire to record an undocumented memory --- a drunken street fight at the edge of Wall St --- the forensic team required to do this: witnesses, choreographer, performer, motion capture technicians --- conditions: a performer under the influence of contradictory choreographies, a debased narrative, whiskey, technical bondage --- "to calibrate your body to the computer and the computer to your body, stand crucified and speak in your everyday voice: 'This papaya tastes perfect'" --- results: a reckless physicality --- the production of dirty data --- legible movements punctuated by impossible gestures and gross deformations --- an animated recording as drunk and unprofessional as the memory itself
THIS PAPAYA TASTES PERFECT is the first in a developing series of event sculpture-- a methodology for recording an event in both time and space. Where film captures an angle, and sculpture casts an instance, the event sculpture registers the experiential totality of an event-- with its attandant players, objects, spatial relationships, actions, gestures, entropy, and lapses -- onto a virtual stage. A terrarium for memory. The event sculpture can be 're-filmed', revised, and endlessly reviewed. Above all it can become a compositional material, allowing for the first time the collaging of events. The ability to compose heterogenous time//space recordings together, all forced to occupy a singular compositional field-- this is the aesthetic potential of the event sculpture.
THIS PAPAYA TASTES PERFECT was first presented as a moving image installation at Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami Beach, 2011.