When approached, a large projection of volcanos begins to disintegrate.
Simultaneously, illustrations of the poem The Drowned Horse appear on the opposite side of the room.
“Far Away, installation” demonstrates our propensity towards ownership and disruption.
In this installation, the disruption is represented by a volcano which we are effecting by our very presence. The volcano’s lava, in a sense, is the imagery of the poem —-The Drowned Horse by Pablo Antonio Cuandra which warned of US invasion of Nicaragua—spilling into the room. The imagery is also in physical form (drawings on paper) on the third wall of the space.
“Far Away” is a multi-platform ( documentary shorts, fine art, interactive installations) project on poetry in Nicaragua. Participants include previous Vice President (and 2017 César Award winner) Sergio Ramirez.
BACKGROUND I am of Nicaraguan descent and began filming in Nicaragua during visits in Nov. 2013 and November 2015. I return to Nicaragua in February 2018 to complete filming.
Five wall size paintings of refugee land with audio activated projected arabic text on the floor and through the windows. The arabic is a poem on traveling across the Mediterranean sea, written by an anonymous Syrian refugee. Final show included a live performance with vocal artist Ami Yamasaki
Braile lights are projected when you walk up the stairs. The staircase is lined with canvasses of sewed braille that say” I am not telling you what to do but you have to do” which is a line from a narration by someone I met in Nicaragua. As you walk up the stairs, you activate the entire narrative, which discusses the role of American imperialism as creator of Central American poverty.
” I am not telling you what to do but you have to do”. Hand sewn canvass of this narration.
Memories as objects.
Participants can listen using earphones to a track I created of conversations, poetry, music; frequency and amplitude are generating the visuals on two different walls.
When participants talk into one of the provided microphones, the visuals are impacted — and this impact is recorded and looped in the next visual rotation— creating a permanent mark.
Eventually however, the mark is altered and distorted by new imagery that the new voices have added.
Many of my projection are made using my original software “APE” ( co-created with programmer Thomas Martinez)