in this piece, i use manual manipulation of objects in improvisational response to a recording of a live performance of mine. Additionally field recordings from walking around the Wysing Arts Centre accent the analog building of the visual piece.
Filmed 6.2019 at CalArts.
by marlo de lara
exhibited on 27 april 2019 at future sound of love as part of Transform 19 and Love Muscle, Leeds, UK.
the brief :
'An intergalactic, dystopian future where gender is no longer binary. The date is NYE, 2399. The earth is an abandoned barren wasteland, stripped of its natural resources. Its last habitable spaces are squatted and home to the fringe communities of the galaxy. Living there, super-freaks rub shoulders with out-laws from its furthest reaches. Amongst this sea of torsos, tentacles and exoskeletons, inter-species relationships thrive as human ideas of gender, race and sexuality are rendered irrelevant. By creating a space where ideas of normality and conventionality are completely discarded, we hope to give power to individuals usually constrained by social rules and expectations by voyaging into this immersive and unfamiliar alien world'
the artist submits this piece because connection directly correlates to the affective response of disconnection. in an extrapolation of theme, i am asking to reposition how a futurist landscape that in effect results from extremes of boundary crossings can lead to feelings of severe interiorization or even further a truly internalized sense of self. is this feeling when pushed to an extreme create a grounding cord for humanity? when pushed outside and developed beyond social and planetary categories, do we connect internally with the expanse of time?
in an age where speculative fictions and imagined futures have becoming increasingly prevalent, the artist asks how a psyche can develop in isolation and in worlds of limited material and natural resources. can one connect through the sounds of the environment purely? or is disconnection the only option?
The piece concerns the ongoing presence of mass deaths, political unrest, and haunting of the Philippines. From mulitple colonizations and US imperial relations to its precarious global position of constant natural disasters, this multimedia piece is a commentary on its temporal loop of national traumas.
Duration: 27 minutes,
This video is part of a larger sound/film/installation.
Additional film credits:
Poem: ‘Ghosts of Sea Salt Corpses’ by Isabella Borgeson
All images, sounds, and footage originate from Youtube and rights retained by source.
audiovisual collage film of cobbled stolen clips and field recordings regarding Leeds and its everyday Britain. I highlighted nationalism, anti-racism, consumer culture, children as blank slates, and transportation. @audiograftfestival @soundarts.ma #fieldrecordings #sounddiaries #oxfordbrookes #audiovisualcollage #essayfilm #soundart #politicalart #marloeggplant #plundervisuals