the horror the horror (I have plenty of energy to drive over there), 2010-11

interactive media installation with dance/performance, 45 minutes
work sample: 13:20

Performance Documentation: 5m 59s
Installation Documentation: 1m 51s
Video Excerpts: 5m 27s

the horror the horror (I have plenty of energy to drive over there) is a largely improvised live video, sound and performance spectacle, which engages notions of loss, memory, eroticism and rage. Seamlessly incorporating live and processed imagery, electronic, and acoustic music, the work references Bernini’s highly theatrical sculpture the Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Brando’s death scene form Apocalypse Now, and the rantings of a drunk and enraged Mel Gibson. the horror the horror conjures a slowed down realm of breathing, watching, and dreaming, a world of literal and internal reflection, using multiple large scale video projections, surround sound audio, escalating feedback, live cameras and a dancer to spin a gothic meditation on American pop culture and the personal obsessions of madmen.

the horror the horror exists as both a live, multimedia performance and a two-channel media installation, the work sample contains examples of both.

the horror the horror has been seen at a variety of venues including the Movement Research Festival at Danspace, the Abrons Arts Center, The Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe, and in an abandoned building on Governors Island.

Live video processing and staging: Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
Live audio: Brian Rogers
Performer: Madeline Best


Gia Kourlis – The Inspiration Found in Silence and Brando – NY Times

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Select photos © Ryutaro Mishima