LIVE CINEMA - An Overview
“Live Cinema!” expresses the world that exists on the left, right, and center-screen of our minds. Our attention is always split, particularly as we navigate a multitude of screens between phones, computers, TVs. The effort to make sense of these screens creates a narrative as we jump from source to source, connecting, like a motherboard between systems, selecting and de-selecting where to look. We operate on several planes at once, and from this we weave an existence which ultimately knits together a cohesive whole. It is this product which fascinates me, making sense of disparate parts, as is demanded when attending a three-ring circus.
As a filmmaker, professor, and mother, I juggle my dissimilar roles and find meaning.With “Live Cinema!” I generate and perform in expanded media installations.
“Live Cinema!” is to be shouted out like the call of the circus barker at a three-ring circus. It has three parts: The Cowgirl, The Sleepwalker, and The Motherboard—with three distinct female characters and their roles to explore. I use this format as a matrix to create work that incorporates physical theater, layering it with digital media, creating visual textures with projection and performance.
Using my training in Butoh and physical theater, I define each identity with a movement idea: a sleepwalker, balletic with her arms out front; a cowgirl with her pistols handy and her stride strong; a motherboard, mechanical, her limbs moving in isolation. Shot and shown in triptych, the work evolves out of a provocation of character.
My work as a filmmaker keenly focuses on challenges that face the female gender. In my Live Cinema! series, I explore women in real and imaginary worlds. Events unfold as characters journey through landscapes and towns, the female figure always alone.