This installation piece was created for Counterposes, produced by Display Cult and Oboro Gallery. Set in a moving freight elevator converted into a recreation room, this non-speaking physical piece examined the dark side of suburbia. In this distorted environment (the back wall is the floor), a couple enacts the banal rituals of modern life amid a soundtrack which included domestic noises, Hawaiian cowboy tunes, fifties muzak, text from the Patty Hearst kidnapping and autopsy reports from the JonBenet Ramsey murder. Their “child” is conspicuously missing and, in the end, the woman disappears as well. With this piece, the company expanded its aesthetic to embrace the medium of visual art and explored a more dynamic actor-spectator relationship.
The audience – over a thousand people, individuals and in groups of twos and threes – viewed the sixteen moving tableaux through a two-foot square window, and the actors were able to stop the elevator at different levels within the window, which enhanced the public’s visual experience. At times, the viewer would have the floor or ceiling at his/her eye level. He/she would see the performers’ feet or would see the performers from the neck down. At other times, he/she could see a fully realized tableau, including performance in the dark with candles. The piece slowly revealed a disintegrating relationship and murder was hinted at the end. However, the viewer only got fragments of the story in the course of the presentation, which he/she later had to piece together through repeated viewings or conversations with other audience members.
RECREATION an installation
Directed by Stacey Christodoulou
With Stacey Christodoulou, Philippe Ducros
Set Design Eo Sharp
Sound Design Darren Copeland
Dates May 7 to 9, 1998
Venue Oboro Gallery (4001 Berri, Montréal, corner Duluth)
Schedule 12pm to 5pm continuously
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