Tower, a video/dance project in process

Looking for volunteers for an interview (approximately 20 min) discussing climate change. The interview is filmed. People speaking languages other than English are especially needed.

The production reflects on climate change and the biblical story of The Tower of Babel, and I am looking to interview people discussing environmental changes that they have experienced in their lives. These interviews spoken in the interviewee’s native tongue are filmed and will be projected on the plastic waste inside each cube.
The presentation of environmental contemplation and anxieties will be viewed through architecture, video and performance, and I am hoping that through this work the viewers can hear a unified voice speaking of the concern for environmental changes and calling for action.

 

Tower

Tower installation - 2019
Tower installation – 2019
Designed by Robert Mencarini & Sari Nordman
Catwalk Art Residency, Catskill, NY
Photos: SN

The installation: The 4 meter tall tower is constructed of wire mesh cubes and each cube frames plastic waste. The design was made in collaboration with architect Robert Mencarini, and was first built at Catwalk Art Residency, NY in September 2019. The production reflects on climate change and the biblical story of The Tower of Babel – the story of greed and importance of cultural differences. People speaking varying languages appear on video and in performance. The video is projected on the plastic waste inside each cube. The presentation of environmental contemplation and anxieties will be viewed through architecture, video and performance, and I am hoping that through this work the viewers can hear a unified voice speaking of the concern for environmental changes and calling for action. (performative ideas)

Materials: hardware cloth & wire, plastic, crafting tape, elastic, plywood, outdoor paint, screws, bolts, metal rods, fan (indoors)

Size: 18″ x 18″ x 13’3″

 

Tower installation has been developed with support from Catwalk Institute, The Amsterdam Collective Casa de Cultura and Tohmajärvi Residency.

 

Tower videos: As a NYC resident and having extensively traveled in Greece visiting scores of ancient archeological sites, I have contemplated the tower-form and the varying remains that us humans leave behind us, for a long time in my work.

Video 1: A woman assembles herself on the ruins of an ancient tower. Time and erosion have made it fall; nature is taking over. Filmed in Greece, 2019

Video 2: About the labor of making a tower that frames modern remains, plastic waste. Sounds of labor and assembly, and of wind harnessing the plastic sails. Filmed at Catwalk Art Residency, 2019