CIRCLING THE CENTER
Circling the Center began as a private meditation on loss and grew into communal art making with deep and surprising connections between the neuroscience of emotions and the lost craft of ritualistic Victorian mourning braiding. It is the paradoxical story of making something beautiful out of grief-told via a visceral fusion of science, visual arts, music and 19th c. craft.
The project exists as installation, performance and film.
Neuroscience meets meditation in Circling the Center’s visceral liturgy of sound, film, and live performance. The 45 minute work weaves images of animated MRIs, electronic circuitry and mourning braiding with sounds of rats serenading each other in a lab, metronomes, and chanted braiding pattern instructions. A choir accompanies a cellist, a woman weaves shimmering red wire, and performers sing a vocal lament in this expansive fusion of science, art, and emotion.
February 1st, 2015 | Studio Performance, Brooklyn, NY
September 20 - December 14, 2014 | BRIC Biennial, Brooklyn, NY
If you were to peer into the mourner’s skull, 2014
Circling the Center Series
Site specific Installation and consecutive Sunday Performances
Bric Downtown Biennial, BRIC House Gallery, NY 2014
Mixed Media, 2 Performers, video, text by Tom Sleigh, Variable dimensions