"Documenting Place & Self" by Merian Soto consists of a number of short video/aural works (running time-36 minutes) constructed from self-documentation videos of performance practice in Wissahickon Valley Park and in Bogliasco, Italy. A plush carpet and bean bag chairs invite the audience to relax, slow down, and spend time in the sensory environment and experience a kinesthetic response.
Sculptor and printmaker Gina Michaels has covered the ReDRooM walls, floor to ceiling, with 40 prints with vibrant color combinations and dynamic compositions that create a secluded but energized environment. Michaels used plants and leaves from her own garden as stencils and graphic elements in this collection of monotype prints.
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These video pieces capture a sense of beingness in place and time over time. The work is about sensory perception, responsiveness, resonance, and presence. These are choreographies of placement, pattern, size, repetition that provoke kinesthetic sensation and can have a calming effect andtrigger a state of reverie. This work is an extension of Soto’s Branch Dances, simple, yet powerfully communicative, works centered on consciousness in action, in performance, in practice.