This work-in-progress aims to create an immersive experience, rather than to elicit observation, which releases the primal yet complex pleasure we possess deep within ourselves. Simultaneously, it is a chronicle of my life in the Hudson Valley (area north of New York City), and its evolving landscape of art and artists.
Originally created for a project organized by composer Joshua Groffman(joshuagroffman.wordpress.com/) in which 4 composers and 4 video artists collaborated to create live performance events at Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz and Mid Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie. The project was based on a poem about the Hudson River by Sarah Heady (sarahheady.com/) entitled An Arrow Pointed Down. Since then, my partnering composer Bob Lukomski and I have decided to keep working on it, passing the piece back and forth and building it until we reach a concert-length piece. This version is our first installment since the first concerts.
An Arrow Pointed Down
“The Hudson is an arrow pointing down (though it flows both ways). The City is a poured-concrete floor onto which all things land, and sometimes break. You can hold—with your hands raised above your head, with a system of pulleys, with a net, standing on a ladder—your life and all its parts in the air.
But there is the fact of gravity.” —Sarah Heady
A three-channel video, it is meant to be seen on three-separate screens, but it is acceptable to be viewed as a single-channel video if displayed on a large screen.