Peter Weltz & William Forsythe, Pipolotti Rist, Sergio Prego, The Blue Noses, Michelle Ellsworth, and Locust
Truss Thrust: The Artifice of Space presents a series of video installations that examine perception and movement within found or constructed environments. Each artist looks to elements of contemporary dance in order to define concepts of movement. Here the body operates more as a tool for viewership, becoming a site to disrupt given actions or sequences. Utilizing visual and audio loops, the works build a sense of the choreographic. Questions arise about the relationship between differing aspects of our spatial understanding from scientific notions of eye movement to constructions of visual planes, to lesser more intuitive ways that perception builds through the experience of repetition.
The architectural frame restricts the physicality of the subjects within the varying views set by the video camera. For example, in Sergo Prego's Cowboy Inertia Creeps the urban landscape becomes a set of horizontals that pushes a man with cowboy boots along a route of concrete structural barriers. In Pippiloti Rist's Aujourd' Hui, a grocery store becomes the site of a dystopic vision where the protagonist's anxiety heightens under the pressure of the grid of the store layout. In The Blue Noses' work, a simple cardboard box becomes the platform for a video projection that traps three men in the interior construction of the box, depriving them of all external stimuli.
Peter Welz's The Fall operates against a propped up facade, a truss, for the action of the video. A sequence, filmed from below, shows two dancers falling through a sheet of glass. The dancer on the first projection falls downward, the second dancers appears to fall upward. A third projection merges the two images an incongruent choreography of colliding. A random thud resounds with each fall of the dancers' bodies.