Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
As part of our charge to facilitate art research in the laboratory culture of the university, ARC is holding a series of what we are calling "charrettes," opportunities for faculty artists and scholars to share work-in-progress with a trusted group of audience members. Our first charrette featured the work of UCB choreographer Lisa Wymore and her partner, Sheldon Smith, as they assembled a first iteration of "Apparatus," a piece that will premiere at ODC in the spring of 2011. Juxtaposing Antonioni's classic film "L'Avventura" with live re-enactments of selected scenarios that were projected in real time next to the original film; the piece strategically confused the relationship between the live and the mediated, the spontaneous and the scripted, the original and the copy.
At ARC, we have begun a series of “salons” in which we celebrate work of UCB’s artists and scholars on the Bay Area cultural scene. Our first gathering coalesced this summer around the work of choreographer Joe Goode whose extraordinary piece, “Traveling Light,” animated the historic Mint Building of San Francisco. Colleagues and Bay Area arts supporters gathered afterward to share some wine and speak with Joe about his process. The decision to make a precariously balanced piece of choreography in the Mint obviously had incredible resonance during a precarious economic time. The grandeur of the building, one that is in various states of repair and whose future has been the subject of significant debate, provided an amazing mise-en-scene for Joe’s explorations of the capacities and limits of human material.