Super 8mm film, original sound composition
In progress, 2012- present
As installed at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art,(2017) Elephant Gallery, LA (2014) and Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland (2014)
They Held Dances On The Graves Of Those Who Died In The Terror is a video composition created from 8mm films re-recorded digitally and accompanied by a composition that reworks Mariah Carey and Tom Tom Club's Fantasy and Genius of Love. The films are a meditation inspired by the unstoppable decline of Earth's flora and fauna, and the audio composition describes, in Spanish, a world where dances are held on concrete slabs under a dying sun and human survivors are in constant peril from each other and the hostile conditions they face. The multi channel installation changes with each performance as the audio and video alter their relationships on every new loop by virtue of being output via individual CRTV monitors. In this way, the work addresses the futility and transience of our connection to the natural world, even as we attempt to maintain it at hand.