Mass

Mass

2021

Credits:

• Visuals - Zach Duer
• Movement & Choreography - Scotty Hardwig

Publications:

• Dance Camera Pandemania Istanbul - Istanbul, Turkey - February 4, 2022
• #social - Czong Institute for Contemporary Art - Gimpo, South Korea - October 13-31, 2021
• Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema - Boulder, CO - September 3, 2021
• Screen Dance International Festival - Online - September 12, 2021
• Experimental Dance and Music Festival - Toronto, CA - June 24, 2021
• Red Rock ScreenDance Festival - St. George, UT - June 10, 2021
• DANCINEMA - Online - April 2, 2021
• Alternative Film Festival - Online - March 29, 2021

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an inextricable mass of forms reach out under a broken dusk

Mass began as a simple programming mistake while working on Time Garden. I wrote a loop to generate hundreds of avatars spread out across a landscape. Instead, I accidentally put them all in the same place. However, they each started at a different temporal point in the motion capture recording. The result was powerful. Each moment of the recording happens simultaneously, with each small subsection appearing to be in an endless loop (even though it is actually one avatar after the next, each performing the same movements in sequence). The result echoes the early tape music experiments of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Alvin Lucier, in which the technological process of the loop bring out the subtle details of sound (or in this case movement) that might not otherwise be noticed.

Set in the dusk of a barren landscape, the writhing mass evokes vegetation, and the gasping interconnected lungs of dense population at the verge of collapse.

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