A DIGITAL PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION CREATED BY ADAM H WEINERT AND PHILIPPE TREMBLAY-BERBERI
THE UNSEEN, an original creation for the (UN)SCENE ART FAIR, March 4-8 (Armory Arts Week) at 549 W 52nd Street, is a site-specific augmented reality installation which reveals the space as it existed in its raw form before being built out for exhibition. With the creation of a new mobile app which uses image-recognition, and geo-locational technology to load different kinds of media directly to people’s smartphones, we open up spatiotemporal possibilities for dance and place it in the hands of the spectator - effectively transfiguring the space into a living archive, investigating ideas of mediation, memory and space. Part time-capsule, part platform, part memorial, this participatory installation can challenge the way we think about time- and site-specificity. Innovation has changed the way that art, both visual and performance-based, is located, experienced and documented. We endeavor to think about these possibilities not only in terms of dissemination on the internet, but also of alternative approaches to presenting work in communities and spaces outside of the naturally-evolved homes of performance.
The Reaccession of Ted Shawn
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With The Reaccesion of Ted Shawn, Weinert returns the choreography of Ted Shawn to the museum entrusted with preserving it. Shawn, a seminal force in American modern dance, sought out the latest in technology to create and preserve his work and also opened up definitions for what dance could be. Shawn made a gift of his works to MoMA in the 1940’s, but the museum later gave away these materials. This move contradicted MoMA's policy not to sell or give away works by living artists (Shawn was living at the time of his deaccession), suggesting that his status as a dance artist left him outside the museum's purview.
Weinert subversively returns Shawn's works to the museum through the use of augmented reality, a technology that enables audiences to access location-specific triggers throughout the museum to experience Weinert's filmed performances of Shawn's works on their mobile devices. Consonant with Shawn's own interest in emergent technology, Weinert's project challenges the dynamics of the way dance is presented in museums.
Performances of Shawn's works are by Weinert and were filmed by Philippe Tremblay-Berberri, and are accessible with the dance-tech AR mobile app. The project's website directs the viewer through the five floors of the museum, using the app to recognize architectural details and museum signage, which in turn loads the digital installation of the dances on the smartphone screen. The MoMA map is also rigged, allowing viewers to take aspects of the exhibition home or view them online. For more information, please visit the website by clicking here.
Inside Lives exists as both art object and video installation. Using Augmented Reality technology, the blueprint of a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper West Side becomes an interactive display of original footage created by transitory inhabitants of this building in a city where artists are continuously priced out to the margins. Coinciding with the beginnings of Occupy Wall Street, we invited nine artists to respond, inhabit and document these transitional spaces and use them as a platform for artistic expression. 9 spaces, 9 artists, 3 minute works in 3 weeks time.
First performed on October 5, 2011
at 51 West 74th street, New York, USA
Adam H Weinert with participating artists Itziar Barrio, Charlotte Bydwell, Phyllis Chen, Alexander Ekman, David Finch, Michael Hart, Marine Penvern, R.B. Schlather, Ryan Tracy, Riley Watts, and Zack Winokur.
ANTECHAMBER is a live art installation interposing the private, public and personal. Sound, shadow, projection and dance art are used to construct a bricolage that investigates observation and reaction through gesture and space.
Premiered at Boltax Gallery
Shelter Island, NY
Choreography: Adam H Weinert
Music & Sound Design: Roarke Menzies Photography: Michael Hart
Performance: Javier Baca, Logan Frances Kruger, Davon Rainey, and Adam H Weinert
Shadow Art: Jenn Myers
Video: Philippe Tremblay-Berberi
Costume Design: Márion Talan
Documentary Recording: Michelle Mola, Michael Sheriff, Roarke Menzies, The People of Shelter Island
Production: Karen Boltax, boltax.gallery matchboxarts