Business cards were given out in Studio 1.

Studio 1 Studio 2


Opening the door of Studio 2 triggered projection:


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Go North to Riga

2000


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The project takes a tiny fragment of a film out of it's normal viewing context and embeds it in the "real world", literalizing how memories of movies get combined with our daily lives and gestures. Through this combination with the real world, the relationship of words and gesture in the film clip are taken apart and reassembled in a new way.

Go North to Riga is a site-specific performance/installation that took place twice in July 2000. The site was a set of two studios (windowless rooms of about ten feet by eight feet) at Art Center. On both occasions that the piece was performed (once for faculty members, once for students), the viewers consisted of groups of about ten people gathered for a meeting. At the beginning of the performances, the viewers were in one of the studios, sitting on chairs around the edge of the room.

Go North to Riga is a site-specific performance/installation that took place twice in July 2000. The site was a set of two studios (windowless rooms of about ten feet by eight feet) at Art Center. On both occasions that the piece was performed (once for faculty members, once for students), the viewers consisted of groups of about ten people gathered for a meeting. At the beginning of the performances, the viewers were in one of the studios, sitting on chairs around the edge of the room.

Business cards were given out that say Go North to Riga. The cards are plain, white; the writing is slightly raised, silver in color, in a plain Helvetica typeface. The giving out of the cards is analogous to what happens in subways when deaf people give out cards with sign language on them, but in this case the cards are not taken back. The viewers were then told to go to a particular door (another student's studio) and open it and peer inside the room (the walls in that studio are black). The door activates the playback of a short clip projected on the wall opposite the door. The clip, from Nosferatu by Herzog, shows the gesture of the vampire disdainfully rebuffing Renfield (sniveling) in one movement of his arm. As he stretches his arm out and extends the top of his claw-like hand, pushing his follower away, Nosferatu makes a disgusted sound. The pushing away in the clip coincides temporally with the viewer's gesture of opening the door while a speaker in the corner plays the contemptuous sound ("...eich").

I was interested in the collision of the gesture of opening the door with the pushing away on the projection. Another gesture that gets overlayed on these is the handing out of the cards. The text on the cards read by the viewer prior to seeing the clip is the line in the film spoken by Nosferatu after the snubbing gesture: The sequence of gesture and words is distorted. Also, instead of being heard the words Go North to Riga are read.