A PIECE OF MY MIND CAKE - COLOMBA
Steve Morrison (USA)
This video is intended to be projected on a hanging white sheet. We send the unwanted down the chute--the dirty, soiled, unclean, defiled--to be buried out of sight. Underneath us lies this refuse...mass graves for landfill rubbish, sewers making underground highways of filth. But some things refuse to stay buried. The return of the repressed brings back the things we hoped to never see again, and they return in full daylight. "Steve Morrison’s sober 'Resurgo,' which is Latin for “to rise up again.” Projected onto a sheet is a video featuring a triptych of fabric that bulges and deflates. The movement under the fabric is suggestive of a body, but the undisclosed source of the movement is actually animated bread dough." -Angela Bortone, ArtsATL
In the deep discovery of the Subterranean world, a shallow part would satisfie some enquirers; who, if two or three yards were open about the surface, would not care to rake the bowels of Potosi, and regions towards the Centre. Nature hath furnished one part of the Earth, and man another. The treasures of time lie high, in Urnes, Coynes, and Monuments, scarce below the roots of some vegetables. Time hath endlesse rarities, and shows of all varieties; which reveals old things in heaven, makes new discoveries in earth, and even earth it self a discovery. That great Antiquity America lay buried for a thousand years; and a large part of the earth is still in the Urne unto us.
Air (an opera for breath)
"Air (an opera for breath)" is a short experimental animated opera film. There is no libretto in the opera, only breath rushing in and out of the mouth in a variety of rhythmic pulses and expressions. Air (the English translation of the operatic "aria") is the substance of this breath, which informs a rich spiritual history across many cultures and practices. The opera is animated and performed by the rising and falling of loaves of bread dough. The loaves expand and deflate like lungs. Tiny civilizations of yeast performers rise and fall as this movement is enacted. Their process of fermentation becomes a form of collective transformation. The fleshy dough encounters a series of obstacles to its progress and finds various ways to overcome these restraints as it reaches beyond itself. Inspired by Baroque opera staging, Victorian monodrama, and contemporary design, "Air (an opera for breath)" explores the corporeal body through the air that passes through it.