E|MERGE 2014, taking place from February 16-March 2, brings together 32 collaborators-in-residence from multiple disciplines – trapeze, film, ecology, theater, biology, dance, anthropology, music, architecture, poetry, video, education, drag, to name a few!
The residency culminates in a weekend of public performances, talks, shared creative practices, and exhibitions taking place February 28 & March 1. We invite you to read about the projects and participants, then join us for E|MERGE Presents to see the results of this ground-breaking work!
This year's projects are:
THE HOME PROJECT
The essayist Verlyn Klinkenborg wrote, “When did ‘home’ become embedded in human consciousness? Is our sense of home instinctive? Are we denning animals or nest builders, or are we, at root, nomadic? [...] Whatever else home is — and however it entered our consciousness — it’s a way of organizing space in our minds. Home is home, and everything else is not-home.” The Home Project co-creates a structure for inquiry into the enormous topic of “home” both as it exists for each person individually and for the group collectively, with the place of Earthdance, a center for communal living, as our lab and canvas.
Project Leader: Alex Porter
Collaborators: Amy Sanford, Benjamin Korta, Dana MacPherson, Jake Wise, Kentaro Kumanomido, Susan Myhr-Fritz
Math Time is a discussion of what mathematical patterns, systems, and ideas we have around us; what impressions we have toward them; what their function is; and how they can be transferred to performance. The beauty of shapes and patterns is applied to dance, physical performance, installation, visual arts, music, and poem/speaking. How we can expand our vocabulary using mathematical ideas?
Project Leader: Kensaku Shinohara
Collaborators: Charles Dietrich, Jeca Rodríguez-Colón, Mara Mayer, Marisa Clementi, Maurizio Campani
THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN MOTION
In the 1880s, Eadweard Muybridge undertook The Human Motion, a series of photographs exploring the body in motion. The piece documents mundane activities like making a bed, opening a parasol, and walking down stairs. Muybridge undertook the photo series as an attempt to answer the “problems of human motion,” investigate the physics of our bodies, and explore how meaning and relationship are created through motion. Muybridge is an excavation of these famous photographs. Using live performers, high-speed photography, music, text, and projections, the installation places performers in dialogue with the original motion studies and brings these photographs to life.
Project Leader: Michael Rau
Collaborators: Angela Santillo, Carolina Ravassa, Eben Kowler, Goldie Peacock, Ling-Nah Tang, Meredith Bove, Tanja London, Y.E. Torres
Seeded during E|MERGE 2013 as project First Cousin, Oracle explores the special role that the Oracle plays in one’s existence. What information does the Oracle provide? How can the Oracle be found? And what significance does the Oracle have in an individual’s life? In Oracle, each of the creators discovers his or her own Oracle through cumulative, multimedia expression. The performers investigate their personal overarching questions about life – questions that become “quests,” or journeys toward individual enlightenment. Oracle pays special attention to the distinction between the mundane and the illuminating. Oracle also forges a new path through the woods between Earthdance and the village of West Cummington, and is made possible, in part, through a partnership with West Cummington Community Church members and village residents.
Project Leaders: Cory Neale, Nicole Nigro, and Christos Galanis
Collaborators: Adriana Seguardo, Alex Kramer, Maré Hieronimus
The Collaborative Pool is a group without specified leadership structure or pre-determined project content. Participants have the opportunity to work in a non-hierarchical fashion and/or experiment with different leadership models. This year's Collaborative Pool members have backgrounds in biology, dance, theater, education, drag, vocal performance, costume design, and post-colonial thought. Some of their interests include vampire novels, theater as a tool for community transformation, feminine archetypes, and how humans comprehend the passing of time.
Collaborators: Deborah Black, Gregor Krammer, Latasha Wright, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones