B b O a N r E e S: A Multimedia Installation
Deterioration is a process that contains the potentiality to catalyze the unique unification of detached associations. Deterioration affects how a tangible or abstract object can serve an alternative purpose despite its designated function. This new purpose or state of being that follows deterioration may, in fact, be a more favorable outcome. B b O a N r E e S was an evening length multimedia performance installation that explored the cathartic process of deterioration as it relates to discovering vulnerability. This collaborative project incorporated dance performance, cinematography, spoken word poetry, photography, lighting design, set design, and visual art. The performance environment provided observers with the opportunity to view and physically manipulate the work at various proximities, blurring the line between observer and performer through interactive tasks such as taking photos of audience members to put on display during the work. The project questioned if deterioration exists only to negatively erode the self as illustrated in the consuming selfish natures of Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. This interactive performance not only widened my professional creative portfolio as I prepare to begin my professional dance career but also presented a case for how the fine arts can present unparalleled work when utilized through collaboration.
East Carolina University